A Hartford police officer is accused of driving out of the city, while on duty, to meet up with a teenage girl he had dated, and investigators say that encounter ended with each of them blaming the other for getting violent.
Hartford Police confirmed they have started an internal affairs investigation into the officer, Joven Gonzalez.
At this point the name of the girl involved has not been released because of her age and the type of allegations involved.
NBC Connecticut exclusively obtained dash cam video from Bloomfield Police that shows officers beginning an investigation into what happened in a church parking lot between an on-duty Hartford Police officer and a 17-year-old girl.
They reportedly started dating in April after the 26-year-old officer arrested her for larceny.
A 911 call the night of the meetup sets the scene.
Dispatch: “Do you see a Hartford Police officer or is it a Bloomfield Police officer? What type of vehicle do you see?” A dispatcher asked.
“I think it’s a Hartford Police,” the caller answered.
That 911 call was made by a witness who was driving on Tower Avenue in Bloomfield on July 29. She claimed to have seen some of what unfolded with Officer Joven Gonzalez and the girl.
“I saw him like grabbing her,” the witness is heard saying on the 911 call.
According to a police report, the teen later told investigators she met up with Gonzalez to get back a bag of hers.
She said the officer – who arrived in his cruiser and in police uniform - escalated things and then “Gonzalez punched her twice in the stomach.”
The officer has denied threatening or hitting her.
In an interview, he told detectives the girl had become a “terror” since he found out her age and broke off the relationship.
Gonzalez said it was the girl who got confrontational in the parking lot and that she “sprayed him with mace that she keeps on her key chain.”
While the teen admitted to police that she had mace, she denied using it.
Bloomfield closed their investigation without arresting anyone.
A police source said Officer Gonzalez is now working at headquarters after being taken off patrol.
NBC Connecticut’s attempts to reach him and the police union were not successful.