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AZTEC – Bloomfield police Lt. Carroll Scott was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of punching his wife during an argument.

Scott, 45, was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with one count of battery on a household member, a misdemeanor.

Scott could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Bloomfield Police Chief Randy Foster said Thursday he had not spoken to Scott, who was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Foster said an internal affairs investigation will be conducted to determine how the department will proceed. He said Scott will be placed on administrative leave.

“This is a serious accusation against him,” Foster said. “We want the public to know we will investigate it thoroughly and take any appropriate steps to be sure the department has its integrity.”

Foster said he was not certain whether the investigation would be conducted by the Bloomfield Police Department or an outside agency.

Scott is accused of punching his wife, Cayci Scott, in the chest shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday during an argument at the couple’s residence on County Road 1788, according to a probable cause statement.

Cayci Scott told sheriff’s office deputies who responded to the residence that her husband hurled accusations of infidelity at her after he found another man’s phone number in her cellphone. She said the argument moved to the bedroom, where she attempted to call 911, according to the statement.

Cayci Scott said her husband punched her in the chest, and she responded by shoving him and slapping his face, according to the statement. Deputies noted in a report there was a red, fist-shaped blotch on the woman’s chest.

Carroll Scott, who had a small cut on the bridge of his nose, was also interviewed at the residence, according to the statement. He told deputies he found Cayci Scott’s “boyfriend’s” contact information on her phone and confronted her about it. He told deputies an argument ensued, and his wife grabbed his service weapon and threatened to kill herself, according to the statement.

Carroll Scott declined to say whether he hit his wife, according to the statement.

Cayci Scott told deputies she did not touch the service weapon or threaten suicide.

Cayci Scott was charged with misdemeanor battery in July on allegations she slapped her husband, according to court records. Prosecutors dismissed the charge on Dec. 8. San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge after Cayci Scott completed a life skills class.

A court date for Carroll Scott has not been set. His bond was set at $600.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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