Stamford police officer charged with domestic violence, put on administrative leave

The victim's brother called police Dec. 18 to report his sister had been assaulted by her boyfriend the night before, according to the arrest warrant.

Marissa Alter

Dec 22, 2022, 5:21 PM

Updated 539 days ago

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A Stamford police officer is now on administrative leave following his arrest for alleged domestic violence. Luis Gonzalez was arraigned in Stamford Superior Court Thursday afternoon on charges of third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful restraint.
The victim's brother called police Dec. 18 to report his sister had been assaulted by her boyfriend the night before, according to the arrest warrant. He told police it wasn't the first time Gonzalez got violent with her and that she was hesitant to come forward “out of fear of getting Luis Gonzalez in trouble due to his profession as a police officer.”
“At the Stamford Police Department, we take allegations of domestic violence very seriously,” said Assistant Police Chief Rich Conklin. “Chief Shaw immediately assigned a team of investigators to follow up on this, supervisors from the special victims domestic violence unit. They completed an investigation, and an arrest warrant was issued.”
That warrant said the incident happened at Gonzalez's home after the couple had been drinking and arguing. The victim told police that when she tried to leave, Gonzalez wouldn't give her her keys and things turned physical.
“We started tussling around his couch, which we eventually ended up on the floor. Luis sat on my back while I was on my belly. I was struggling to get him off while I was still getting my keys from him for 30 minutes. At some point, Luis put his hand around my throat to restrain me,” she said, according to the warrant.
Gonzalez allegedly also slapped her in the mouth, and when the victim ran to the back door, he tried to yank her back into the house. She told police she grabbed onto a cement brick wall, which is when a brick fell on her ankle.
“I started screaming from the pain of the brick that fell on my ankle because Luis was stepping on it. I don’t know if it was intentional or not,” she said, as per the warrant.
The victim also told police that Gonzalez had left bruises on her in the past when alcohol was involved.
In court, the judge issued a full no-contact protective order and ordered a substance abuse evaluation and, if necessary, treatment.
Defense attorney John Gulash would not comment on the case after court.
“It would be inappropriate for me to do so now. You know, I’ll get all the information about the case and just proceed with representing him,” Gulash said.
Along with the criminal case, police have launched an internal affairs investigation and put Gonzalez on leave pending the outcome of both.
Conklin told News 12 Gonzalez joined the department in April 2021 and has had no prior issues. He's due back in court Feb. 7.


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