Greenville Police announce arrest of own officer for assault

Officer Ryan Kurtz, 30, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a female who was known to him on January 22, 2018. (Greenville Police Department photo)

The Greenville Police Department announced this morning that one of its own officers was arrested for assaulting a woman.

Officer Ryan Kurtz, 30, is accused of assaulting a woman who was known to him, resulting in visible injuries, officials said. The assault occurred late last night while Kurtz was off-duty at the victim's home in Pitt County. Kurtz was arrested by Pitt County Sheriff's Office deputies at the scene.

Kurtz was charged with communicating threats, assault on a female and assault by strangulation. Because the assault happened outside of the Greenville jurisdiction, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation, officials said.

"I'm very troubled and concerned by any allegations involving domestic violence," Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said. "Sadly, this is an issue that is all too familiar in our communities and no one is exempt. The Greenville Police Department is committed to assisting all victims of domestic violence. We will cooperate fully with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated."

Kurtz has been employed with GPD since 2011. He was placed on administrative leave without pay and all of his police powers have been suspended.

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