A Texas police officer allegedly stabbed his wife in the stomach early on Thursday after an argument on their date night.
Police were called to the home of 43-year-old Audrey Lee Palmer, a 21-year veteran of the McKinney Police Department who is a sergeant in the patrol division. According to Dallas News, his wife answered the door with blood on her shirt and was walking "in a hunched over manner.” Her 4-year-old child was also in the house.
The wife told police that she and Palmer had a date night, but during their date Palmer received a text message from an unfamiliar number. When Palmer's wife called the number, a woman answered saying "Hey, babe" and then hung up when the wife confronted her about it.
An argument ensued, and the wife picked up a steak knife in the kitchen "out of anger," the affidavit says. The two started to fight over the knife, and Palmer attempted to pin her down.
"The next thing she knew she had been stabbed with the knife," the affidavit said.
Palmer left the room and his wife, whose phone was broken, used a computer to ask a relative to call police. According to Dallas News, Palmer drove off with the knife when he saw his wife trying to call for help.
The victim was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested Palmer and he faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from the jail after posting $50,000 bond Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Palmer has been placed on administrative leave from the McKinney Police Department
[Collin County Sheriff's Office]