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Council Bluffs detective arrested, accused of assaulting son

July 7, 2021 GMT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs police detective has been arrested over allegations that he attempted to strangle his adult son during an argument over a dent in the son’s car.

Detective Craig Schuetze, 59, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic abuse assault and strangulation with bodily injury, KETV reports. He is a 19-year veteran of the Council Bluffs Police Department and has been placed on administrative leave, the department said.

He was released with no bail after being booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail, the county sheriff’s department said.

According to court documents, Schuetze allegedly became upset after finding a dent in his son’s car and during the resulting argument, Schuetze put his hands around his son’s neck, squeezing and pushing him.

The son told investigators his ‘normal breathing was disrupted.’

An affidavit said Schuetze’s daughter heard the scuffle. When she asked her brother about it, she said he stated, “he strangled me.” She told investigators that her father replied, ‘Yeah I strangled you.’”