Milwaukee Police homicide detective behind bars after off-duty incident

CREATED Jun. 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Jun. 8, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- A Milwaukee police homicide detective is under arrest and sitting in jail Friday morning.  Sources say his case involves domestic violence allegations.

"We arrested a department member (Wednesday.) night.  The investigation is ongoing. He is currently in custody. He has been suspended and charges are pending," said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.

Jail records confirm Rodolfo "Rudy" Gomez is currently being held in the Milwaukee County jail.

According to Milwaukee Police Department's "The Source", "Rodolfo Gomez, Jr., 45, was arrested at 4:59 a.m. (Thursday) for an off-duty incident.  He has 10 years of service and is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.  He is currently suspended from the department."

Gomez is also an elected board member for the Milwaukee Police Union.

In April of 2011, Gomez was also under investigation by his own department for allegedly getting into a fight at a south side side bar while off duty.

The Gomez arrest is just the latest in a series of setbacks for the Milwaukee Police Department. Several District 5 officers are under investigation for illegal strip searches and Chief Flynn has recently fired a number of officers for bad behavior.

"We hold ourselves to high standards," Chief Flynn told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson.  "I think the public expects us too.  When we find one of our department members in violation of our code of conduct we are going to take appropriate action.  We are not going to flinch."

The Milwaukee Police officers union had no comment.  The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office will review the case.