Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma said this week that they were considering recommending charges against a Yukon police officer after witnesses said that he assaulted a woman.
An Oklahoma City police report obtained by KOCO said that the woman reported the attack early Saturday morning.
According to the report, witnesses observed 29-year-old Zachary Dean Bradford drag a woman from her car by her hair and then punch her. Bradford took off his shirt and tucked it in his pants before leaving the scene, witnesses said.
The victim told officers that she had not known Bradford before the attack. She said that she had been sitting in a vehicle talking to one of the witnesses when Bradford emerged from a nearby home and knocked on her window.
She said that she protected herself by curling into a ball on the ground after Bradford dragged her from the car. She suffered cuts on her left knee, right ankle and right elbow.
Oklahoma City officers arrested Bradford on suspicion of assault and battery. The Yukon Police Department later confirmed that Bradford had been off duty that evening.
Officials said that charges could be presented to the district attorney’s office after the investigation was complete.
The Yukon Police Department released a statement indicating that Bradford had been suspended without pay.
“We aren’t going to comment further as this is still a pending investigation,” the statement said. “The officer was suspended on Saturday, and pending the outcome of the OCPD investigation, he could be terminated.”