Police officer arrested for domestic violence

CNJ staff

A Clovis police officer was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic battery, according to police.

Johnny Zamora was placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the criminal case, Capt. Patrick Whitney said.

Jail officials said Zamora was released Monday on his own recognizance.

Whitney said because of personnel issues, he was unable to comment further on the arrest.

Zamora told officers he choked his wife during an argument in the early morning hours Sunday after a coworker reported knowledge of the incident to a supervisor, according to a police report released Tuesday,

Officers documented marks on the woman’s neck and wrists, the report said, and witnesses gave statements that the couple had argued while in their vehicle.

“All cases of alleged domestic violence are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated by the Clovis Police Department. The appropriate action is taken regardless of the people involved,” the release said.

Whitney said Zamora, 26, has been with the department since April 2006 and is a patrol officer.

Efforts to reach Zamora Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Persons convicted of domestic violence are precluded from owning a firearm and often serving in law enforcement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said Zamora faces a maximum penalty of 364 days imprisonment and or a $1000 fine if convicted.