Off-Duty Officer Accused of Assaulting Fellow Deputy at Texas Bar

An off-duty deputy in Texas has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting another deputy he was in a relationship with.

Maverick Mason Moreland, 35, of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, is accused of Assault Family Violence Dating and Criminal Mischief following an incident at the Happy Hut bar on West Avenue at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Providing further information to Kens 5, the San Antonio Police Department said that "an argument escalated to the point where the suspect assaulted the victim, punching her in the head and face."

Moreland has since been placed on unpaid administrative leave in accordance with Bexar County Civil Service rules. He is expected to be terminated from his role as a deputy at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

"As Peace Officers, we swear an oath to uphold the law," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a statement. "To have someone violate that oath so blatantly is something that absolutely will not be tolerated. I informed this deputy of my intent to terminate him, and I will do so without delay."

Moreland was hired at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in March of 2010. He was transferred to the Law Enforcement Bureau Patrol Division in May 2016.

Both San Antonio police and the Bexar County Sheriff's Office internal affairs department are conducting investigations into the incident.

The San Antonio Police Department has been contacted for comment.

Last month, an off-duty detective in Fresno, California, was arrested on suspicion of killing a homeless man with his department-assigned car.

Detective Benito Soto is accused of suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving at a speed unsafe for the conditions, failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and texting while driving after allegedly hitting and killing 51-year-old Jose Valencia Pulido in September.

Soto was also traveling between 29 and 42 mph on a street with a 30 mph limit at the time of impact.

Police said Soto's cellphone showed he had been texting just prior to the crash.

The homeless advocacy group We Are Not Invisible held a candlelight vigil for Pulido in September. During the event, people called for arrests in connection to the 51-year-old's death.

"He wasn't a drug addict," homeless advocate Kevin Little told KTLA. "He wasn't a criminal. And he had people, notwithstanding the fact he was on the street, who love and care about him and who want answers."

Soto is a 13-year veteran of the Fresno police department.

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Nighttime view of police car, it's lights reflected on a suspect's vehicle, Los Angeles, California, February 1, 2013. An off-duty deputy in California has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting another deputy he was dating. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty