Hawaii Island police officer arrested, charged with abuse of family member

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A 29-year-old Puna Patrol Officer has been charged with two counts of Abuse of a Household member and one count of second-degree Assault following an early morning off-duty domestic argument on Monday, April 8, that resulted in injuries to a family member.

The officer is identified as a Daniel R. Ulrich of a Puna address. He has 1-year of service with Hawaii Police Department. 

The incident was reported to police by a 36-year old female family member who was treated at Hilo Medical Center yesterday morning for various injuries including bruising to the throat area. She was treated and later released.

Detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section were assigned to the investigation and arrested Ulrich at his Puna residence at 1:00 p.m. Monday. He was charged Tuesday afternoon, April 9, with one count of felony Abuse of a Family Household Member -Aggravated Strangulation, one count of misdemeanor Abuse of a Family Household Member, and second-degree Assault. Bail was set at $5000.00

Ulrich was hired as a police recruit with Hawaii Police Department on February 16, 2018, and was assigned to a solo patrol assignment in the Puna district on January 1, 2019.

He is currently still within the standard initial 18-month new hire probationary period and has been placed on leave without pay pending the completion of an Administrative investigation.

Anyone with any information about this incident are asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Levon Stevens at (808) 961-8839 or via email at levon.stevens@hawaiicounty.gov

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