An off-duty Minneapolis police officer has been charged with domestic assault and placed on home leave after being arrested Thursday following a “physical domestic” incident at his home, authorities said.
The officer, Czaw Vah, 49, was charged Friday with domestic assault and was released from the Hennepin County jail later in the day.
Department spokesman John Elder confirmed that an officer was placed on standard paid leave Friday, pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to scanner traffic, Dayton police were called sometime Thursday evening to a “physical domestic” at Vah’s home in the town of 6,000, about half hour northwest of Minneapolis.
While en route, a dispatcher informed officers that both of the people involved had been drinking and that one of them was an off-duty police officer.
“Unknown where the gun is kept; it was not used in the domestic,” the dispatcher is heard telling police.
Vah is a member of the department’s Community Engagement Team, which works to “build ties with the various ethnic communities in Minneapolis,” according to the department’s website.
According to a database of officer discipline by Communities United Against Police Brutality, Vah has been the subject of a dozen internal affairs and civilian review complaints, a handful of which were sustained. Others were dismissed.