Alabama police officer arrested on domestic violence charges related to off-duty incident


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A Mobile Police Service officer is facing domestic violence charges in connection with an off-duty incident earlier this month.

MPD officer Gavin Cotter, 25, was arrested last Monday and taken to the Mobile County Metro Jail in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a police news release.

Mobile Police Officer Gavin Cotter.
(Mobile County Metropolitan Jail)

According to the department, Cotter was charged with domestic violence — strangulation or suffocation — and third-degree domestic violence harassment. The exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear at this time.

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The Mobile Police is conducting a criminal investigation while the City of Mobile’s Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an administrative investigation.

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Cotter was placed on administrative leave pending the findings of the administrative investigation, the MPD said.


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