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Greenville officer arrested in assault on woman

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Greenville Police Officer Ryan Kurtz


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Monday, January 22, 2018

Following the arrest of a Greenville police officer on domestic violence charges, a sheriff’s office official noted that the case would be handled like any other.

“Domestic violence can happen in any profession and we're sworn to uphold the law regardless of who the individual is,” Public Information Officer Kip Gaskins said during a Monday news conference. “We did our job and we go where the facts lead us.”

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ryan David Kurtz, 30, on Sunday after the Greenville Police Department received information about a domestic violence incident and alerted deputies, reports stated.

At the news conference, Gaskins provided details on the incident. 

“Pitt County deputies responded to J.C. Galloway Road around 5:40 p.m. in reference to a domestic dispute,” Gaskins said.  “After deputies got there, they found out that a Greenville police officer was involved.”

The assault occurred while Kurtz was off duty at the victim’s home in Pitt County, according to a news release issued by the police department on Monday morning. Kurtz was arrested at the scene.

Information obtained from a magistrate’s order noted that Kurtz grabbed the woman by the throat with his right hand, causing numerous bruises. He also threatened to kill her daughter.

Kurtz has been charged with communicating threats, assault on a female and assault by strangulation. Because the incident took place outside of Greenville jurisdiction, the sheriff’s office is handling the investigation.

"I'm very troubled and concerned by any allegations involving domestic violence," Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said in the news release. "Sadly, this is an issue that is all too familiar in our communities and no one is exempt. The Greenville Police Department is committed to assisting all victims of domestic violence. We will cooperate fully with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated."

Gaskins said domestic violence is an important issue, regardless of who is involved. 

“It does not happen often, but we feel people need to be paying attention to domestic violence anyway, whoever it is,” he said.

“We handle it like we do any other case, but now it's in the court system's hands,” Gaskins said.

Kurtz has been placed on administrative leave without pay and all of his duties have been suspended. He has been employed with the department since 2011.

He was jailed at Pitt County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.