Jeff Muren, of Monroe, was arrested Monday, a day after his wife contacted Monroe police and claimed he had threatened and struck her.
Muren has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the police investigation, according to State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins. Calkins said Muren has been with the State Patrol for eight years, most recently based in North Bend.
Calkins declined to comment on the allegations.
According to a probable-cause statement filed in Snohomish County, Muren’s wife told Monroe police Sunday that her husband had threatened her about a month earlier during an argument. She said Muren had been drinking when he took a loaded handgun from the headboard of their bed and pointed it at her, telling her to look at the firearm so she could see the bullet coming at her, the statement said.
She also said Muren told her he knew how to kill and would do it in heartbeat.
In other instances, she said, Muren had struck her in the back and head and had grabbed her throat and squeezed it so hard she had difficulty breathing.
Monroe police questioned Muren, who allegedly said he could not recall ever threatening or being violent with his wife, the statement said. However, he also told police he did not believe his wife was lying, the statement said.
The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office says bail was set at $15,000.