Federal agent arrested after wife reports assault

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested an agent with the U.S. State Department late last week after his wife reported that he assaulted her during an argument at their Snohomish-area home.

No charges have been filed against the 42-year-old man. The case is under review by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

The man was arrested June 17 for investigation of second-degree assault. Deputies seized 15 guns from the home, including his duty weapon, according to a police affidavit filed in Everett District Court.

He told investigators that he is an agent with the U.S. Department of State in Seattle. His wife told authorities that he is a diplomatic security officer. The Herald is not naming the man because he has not been charged.

Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to the couple’s house after the woman reported that she’d been assaulted during an argument.

Two children were home at the time of the incident, according to the report.

The woman told police that she and her husband were arguing when she slapped him across the face. She said he picked her up and threw her on the ground and then slammed her head against the floor several times before letting her go.

She said he discouraged her from calling 911, saying that if she summoned police, he would be fired from his job.

The woman complained of blurred vision and head pain. She was taken to Valley General Hospital and later transported to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett where she was treated for a head injury and bruising to her face.

Deputies encountered the man at the entrance of the gated development. He told officers that his wife became angry during an argument and slapped him. He said he shoved her away from him and she fell backward, police wrote in court papers.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail and later released.

A court commissioner on Monday ordered the man to stay away from his wife and children. The woman told the commissioner that since her husband returned from deployment to Afghanistan, he has been quick to anger.

She told police she believes he may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

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