A decorated 16-year veteran of the NYPD has been arrested on charges connected with an alleged domestic violence incident.
According to police, Officer Richard Phipps, 42, was arrested at about 7:30 a.m. on April 23 by officers assigned to the 113th Precinct. He was off duty at the time.
Police said Phipps was charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and acting in a manner injurious to a child.
The Daily News reported that Phipps is accused of choking his wife in their Jamaica home in front of the couple’s teenage son.
Phipps is assigned to the 105th Precinct, which covers Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park. NYPD regulations prohibit officers from serving in the precinct in which they reside.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 105th Precinct, referred all questions to the NYPD’s press office.
Phipps shared honors as the precinct’s Cop of the Month of September 2013, an award presented every month by the 105th Precinct Community Council.
Phipps and another officer were saluted for arresting a suspected burglar while they were on routine patrol on Sept. 4, 2013.
Responding to a call for a burglary in progress on 208th Street, the officers approached and subsequently arrested a man acting suspiciously.
A check of the man’s vehicle allegedly resulted in the recovery of a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition.