Trooper arrested after alleged assault of wife

EVERETT — A Washington State Patrol trooper was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her.

Jeffrey Muren, 37, was booked for investigation of first-degree assault, according to court papers. A judge on Tuesday set bail at $15,000.

Muren’s wife told Monroe police on Sunday that the two got into an argument about a month before. She said her husband allegedly pointed a loaded gun at her and told her “he knew how to kill,” court papers show.

She later came to the police department and said her husband hit her and choked her on multiple occasions.

Muren reportedly spoke with detectives and said that he did not remember any of the incidents his wife described, according to the police report. He also told police that he didn’t think his wife would lie about any incidents.

Muren is an eight-year veteran at the State Patrol, agency spokesman Bob Calkins said. Most recently he’s worked in the North Bend detachment.

Muren was expected to be placed on paid administrative leave before the end of Tuesday, Calkins said. That was expected to include taking away his patrol car, badge and any other symbols of State Patrol authority while the criminal allegations are investigated.

The Washington State Patrol will conduct an internal investigation as well, Calkins said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449, rking@heraldnet.com

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