LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—A Los Alamos doctor is in custody for allegedly threatening his estranged wife with an ax and killing the family cat with a bow and arrow.

Los Alamos police say 42-year-old Pavel Mourachov is being held without bond on suspicion of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and extreme cruelty to animals.

He was arrested Wednesday after leaving the Los Alamos Medical Center.

Medical Center officials said Thursday that Mourachov's medical privileges have been suspended.

The Los Alamos Monitor (http://bit.ly/16WOn2H) says Mourachov's wife claims he chased her with an ax at their home last September.

She also told police that Mourachov killed their cat earlier this month because he said it needed to be put down.

It wasn't immediately clear if Mourachov has an attorney yet.

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Information from: Los Alamos Monitor, http://www.lamonitor.com


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