OPD officer released on bond after domestic violence arrest

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando Police Department officer was arrested Monday evening by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on charges of domestic violence battery, officials said.

Officer Salvatore Polizzi has been relieved of his law enforcement duties, credentials and firearms while an internal investigation is conducted, police said Tuesday.

Polizzi's ex-wife filed for divorce in April and it was finalized Monday, deputies said.

She claimed Polizzi showed up to her home in Seminole County and told her he wanted to talk to her and her boyfriend.

When she said no, Polizzi got out of his vehicle and pushed her against the wall so he could talk to her boyfriend, deputies said.

His ex-wife said she was going to call the police and Polizzi left, deputies said.

Polizzi has been with the Orlando Police Department since October 2006 and is assigned to the International Drive bike unit, police said.

"I'm very troubled and concerned by any allegations involving domestic violence, and want to stress that this case will be thoroughly investigated," Chief John Mina said in a news release. "At the Orlando Police Department, we are committed to eradicating all manner of domestic violence from our community.”

The judge ordered Polizzi was released from jail Tuesday on a $500 bond.

Polizzi is allowed to see his children and pick them up from day care, but the judge ordered him not to have any contact with his ex-wife.