LOS BANOS, CALIFORNIA – A Los Banos police officer is facing charges for allegedly hitting his wife at a bar and grill last month.
Alfonso Flores, 28, of Los Banos was arrested on May 25 on suspicion of misdemeanor battery against a spouse without injury. Police Chief Gary Brizzee said Flores, who was off duty at the time, was at a bar when he struck his wife.
Police were called to the bar, located in the 1400 block of E. Pacheco Boulevard inside España’s Southwest Bar & Grill, at 10:11 p.m.
Officers spoke with Flores’ wife who reportedly said her husband assaulted her during an argument.
Brizzee declined to state whether Flores was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Flores was booked into the Los Banos Jail and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. He posted bail the same evening and was released.
Flores is a nearly six-year veteran of the police force. Brizzee said the department’s morale is affected anytime one of its own is involved in an such an incident. “It affects morale in a number of different ways,” he said. “The last thing I want is to have the police department shown in a bad light, but we have to do our job no matter who it is.”
Brizzee said an internal investigation into the incident will happen, regardless of the outcome of the criminal allegations. He said the outcome of the internal investigation could range from exoneration to termination.