Off-Duty Hartford officer arrested on domestic violence charges


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford police officer is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Lincoln Street early Monday morning.

Just before 12:30 a.m., Hartford patrol officers responded to Lincoln Street on a report of a domestic violence incident involving an off-duty officer. The victim, a 47-year-old woman, told police that 49-year-old Israel Zea forced his way into her apartment and assaulted her.

Upon arrival, officers located Zea in the second floor apartment being held by two witnesses. Police said the female victim sustained facial trauma, and was sent to Hartford Hospital for treatment.

Officers said Zea also sustained injuries to his face during the incident. Zea refused medical treatment at the scene.

Hartford internal affairs investigators have took over the investigation. Police said probable cause was established, and Zea was taken into custody.

Zea is facing assault, burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief charges. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Zea is a 17-year veteran of the Hartford police department. He has been placed on unpaid suspension.

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