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Colorado Springs police homicide detective arrested, accused of misconduct

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado Springs homicide detective was placed on administrative leave with pay after being arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant, the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

The investigation began Sunday during which officer Paul Patton, 39, disclosed information that led to his arrest, police said.

He faces charges of attempt to influence a public servant, first-degree official misconduct and false reporting to authorities.

Police did elaborate further on the arrest.

Patton is a 15-year veteran of the department and was with the Violent Crimes Section, Homicide Unit.

“The arrest of an officer has a significant impact not only on department members, but our community as well,” Chief Peter Carey said in the news release. “It will be handled in the same manner and with the same integrity as every other investigation.”

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