Tribal police chief arrested in domestic violence

Yuma, Arizona (AP) 9-07

The chief of the Fort Yuma Quechan tribal police was arrested on a domestic violence charge after he told an officer he hit his girlfriend, according to a police report.

Yuma police responded to the Winterhaven home of Chief Charles Jackson, 44, on Aug. 29, according to a police report recently obtained by the Yuma Sun newspaper.

In the report, Jackson told an officer, “We got into an argument.”

And when the officer asked Jackson if it became physical, Jackson replied, “Yes, I hit her,” according to the report.

Jackson’s girlfriend of 14 years told officers that Jackson had hit her with a closed fist on the upper left side of her head. She told police that Jackson had been seeing someone else and the couple had been arguing about motel room receipts for the past few months.

Police arrested Jackson on suspicion of domestic violence assault and booked him into Yuma County jail.

He was placed on paid administrative leave pending resolution of the case. Officer Marco Veloz was named acting chief while Jackson is on leave.

Jackson has worked for the Quechan Police Department for the past 10 years and was off duty when he was arrested.

His girlfriend’s name was not released.

Information from: The Sun,