BCSO deputy arrested for assaulting spouse, officials say

Off-duty deputy fled scene, BCSO said

BCSO deputy John Paul Garza, 30, has been arrested on a charge of assault.
BCSO deputy John Paul Garza, 30, has been arrested on a charge of assault. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A deputy with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a person and fleeing the scene.

BCSO said deputy John Paul Garza, 30, was arrested on a charge of assault bodily injury-married early Thursday morning after the incident was reported around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

When officers arrived at the scene in North Bexar County, Garza already fled, BCSO said. Garza, who was off-duty at the time of the alleged assault, was later located and placed under arrest.

His bond has been set at $3,000.

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He is currently assigned to BCSO’s Law Enforcement Bureau Patrol Services Division and was hired by the office in July 2012.

The deputy will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Sheriff Javier Salazer said in a statement that BCSO will not "tolerate criminal activity by another.”

“We have taken every measure to prevent this from happening," he said in a statement. "We will not hire anyone with a violent arrest history. We have implemented family violence prevention training and ethics training for every single deputy. While I am certainly not proud of this one deputy’s actions, I am proud of the way this case was handled. No member of this agency will tolerate criminal activity by another.”

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Sheriff’s officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that Garza was critically injured after he was stabbed several times during an off-duty incident in March 2014.

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