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Phoenix Police officer accused of domestic violence

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PHOENIX - A Phoenix Police officer on the wrong side of the law, arrested at his home after a fight with his wife.

This is the officer's mug shot. His name is Albert Smith. According to deputies, he got into a fight with his wife Donna.

Deputies say Smith punched her in the face, causing her to suffer bruising on her forehead. Investigators say her husband had some injuries too.

Ironically enough, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Phoenix Police have been doing a lot to get the word out. That includes putting these purple magnets on patrol cars.

And now, a Phoenix patrol officer is accused of domestic violence. Both he and his wife have different stories about what happened, so both of them were arrested.

In her mug shot, there is a bruise on Donna Smith's forehead. Along with the bruise, there was swelling and redness on Donna Smith's face and neck. She is accused of biting her husband's fingers.

The argument happened at the couple's home in Mesa late Thursday night.

According to court records, Donna Smith told deputies they were having a birthday party for her husband earlier that night.

She claims he got upset during the party and somehow ruined his birthday cake, then went home by himself. Hours later, Donna Smith came home and she had the cake with her.

Albert Smith told deputies she shoved his birthday cake into his face. That's when Donna Smith says he held her down and punched her several times in the face.

Donna Smith admitted to biting her husband's fingers, telling deputies it was only way she could defend herself. She later called 911 secretly.

Deputies say there was cake all over the floor and walls of the bedroom. There were also cuts or possible bite marks on Albert Smith's fingers.

Albert has worked for the Phoenix Police department for 13 years. He works in patrol and is now on paid administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.

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