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Fort Worth officer arrested on assault charge

FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth police officer was arrested Monday on accusations that he assaulted his girlfriend earlier this month.

Ernesto Flores was arrested about 4:30 p.m. on the arrest warrant for assault with bodily injury. He was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond, said Lt. Ken Dean, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

Flores had been on restricted duty since Aug. 3, when he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend around 1:30 a.m. at her Fort Worth apartment. He will remain on restricted duty pending the final outcome of both a criminal and administrative investigation.

He has been with the department for seven years, Dean said.

Flores’ arrest marked the second time in as many days that a Fort Worth police officer has been arrested. On Saturday, off-duty officer Autumn Wheat was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Burleson after an off-duty Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy reported seeing her driving erratically and run a red light.

Wheat, who has been with the department 16 years, has also been placed on restrictive duty.