A 27-year-old Tacoma police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to assaulting his wife and threatening a fellow police officer, according to court documents.
Patrol officer Aaron Joseph was allowed to remain free on the $15,000 bail he posted following his arrest Thursday evening. He is charged with second-degree assault with a firearm and felony harassment and is scheduled to appear in court again for a hearing Sept. 1.
Joseph has been placed on administrative leave and his department-issued equipment confiscated, Tacoma police said in a statement released Friday.
Joseph has been on the force for nearly three years and was assigned to the night shift, TPD spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
Puyallup police are handling the criminal investigation, and Tacoma police are conducting an internal investigation as well.
Joseph pointed a pistol at his wife’s head during a recent argument and threatened to kill her and then himself, according to a petition for a protection order filed by his wife earlier this week.