Officer on paid leave after alleged assault

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A Riviera Beach police officer is under investigation for an incident that someone claims landed him in the hospital.

Officer Russell Byrd is currently under investigation by the department after a man accused Byrd of assaulting him while at the officer's house.

The victim went to St. Mary's Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries from the alleged attack. That's where police interviewed the man Monday morning. They haven't indicated whether the victim knew Officer Byrd or not. The victim told police the attack happened at Byrd's house.

Investigators say Byrd was off duty at the time of the alleged assault.

Byrd has been an employee of the department off and on since 1994. He'll stay on paid leave until the investigation is complete.

No indication yet when that'll happen.

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