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Porter County officer, girlfriend arrested on domestic violence charge


The Porter County Sheriff's Office says it arrested one of its own police officers, after responding to a domestic disturbance over the weekend.

Police say they were called to a home on Canondale Drive in Liberty Township just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday, where Aaron Estrada, 32, and Grace Gaylord, 29, had allegedly gotten into a fight while their daughter was at home in a separate bedroom. Both adults were arrested on suspicion of domestic battery in the presence of a minor, and the child went home with a grandparent.

The Porter County Sheriff's Office says Estrada has been a police officer at the department for two years. He's been placed on administrative leave, while an internal investigation is conducted.

In a statement, the sheriff's office says it's "obviously strongly opposed to Domestic Violence in any form and is committed to the safety of the community in all forms." The arresting officers were commended for their integrity in responding to the incident.