29-year-old Puna officer charged with assault and abuse of a family member
He was charged Tuesday afternoon 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.
PUNA, Hawaii - A 29-year-old Puna Patrol Officer has been charged with two counts of Abuse of a Household member, and once count of second-degree Assault following an early morning off-duty domestic argument on Monday.
Monday's incident was reported to police by a 36-year-old female family member who was treated at Hilo Medical Center for various injuries including bruising to the throat area. She was treated and later released.
Detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section arrested Ulrich at his Puna residence at 1:00 p.m. on Monday. He was charged Tuesday afternoon 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. Ulrich's bail was set at $5,000.
Daniel R. Ulrich of Puna has been with the Hawaii Island Police Department for one year.
Ulrich was hired as a recruit on February 16th, 2018, and was assigned to a solo patrol assignment in the Puna district on January 1st of this year.
He is still within the initial 18-month new hire probationary period, and has been placed on leave without pay pending the completion of an Administrative investigation.
Police are asking anyone with any information about the incident to call the department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Levon Stevens at (808) 961-8839 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.