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Wife of SDPD cop arrested for domestic violence defends him online

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SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman and La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass hold joint news conference Wednesday, April 23, 2014 on the arrest of SD police officer Gilbert Lorenzo. SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman and La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass hold joint news conference Wednesday, April 23, 2014 on the arrest of SD police officer Gilbert Lorenzo.
LA MESA (CBS 8/CNS) - The wife of a San Diego police officer arrested for domestic violence is defending him online.

Gilbert Lorenzo, a seven-year department veteran who had been working in the SDPD's Northern Division, was arrested Tuesday in connection with a domestic violence incident in La Mesa, police said. Lorenzo was subsequently suspended without pay, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.

"Our department fully cooperated with this investigation with La Mesa (police) and coordinated the arrest of our officer," Zimmerman told reporters. "I immediately revoked his police powers and suspended him from our department."

On Wednesday, Lorenzo's 24-year-old wife Tanya took to social media in his defense, writing, "Anthony is not a wife beater and nobody has the right to bash him! No one was with us during the incident and no one knows what happened behind closed doors besides us and god."

In January, Tanya Lorenzo posted about the couple's four-year wedding anniversary, saying she was "feeling spoiled." But just weeks ago, a post stated "I get yelled at everyday (sic)." Last week, she posted "Thank god I'm free!!!!! If only people could see behind closed doors... they would be shocked." On the day of Lorenzo's arrest, she posted "When I love I love hard with 100 percent devotion and one day not anytime soon I will have one person who can respect that."

Lorenzo's arrest is the latest in a string of cases involving allegations of misconduct by SDPD officers. Among the other cases are allegations of sexual abuse of female detainees and drunken driving.

La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass said his department was contacted by SDPD around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"La Mesa detectives immediately began investigating the case and coordinated with San Diego Police Department and ultimately determined that he (Lorenzo) was, in fact, a suspect and he was arrested," Nicholass said.

Investigators declined to say whether Lorenzo was arrested at the couple's La Mesa apartment, but neighbors told CBS News 8 they often heard him yelling at his wife.

Lorenzo was booked on suspicion of domestic violence against his wife and posted $50,000 bail, the lieutenant said. He did not provide other details.

According to Zimmerman, the San Diego police communications center was called about the incident, which prompted the SDPD to contact colleagues in the East County city. She didn't say whether the call came from Lorenzo's wife or someone else.

"I was very disappointed -- very disappointed -- to hear this news and I can tell you our officers were very disappointed to hear this news," Zimmerman said.

She said "a very few" people are making terrible decisions to "discredit our badge" and "dishonor our noble profession."
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