Denver officer arrested after allegedly assaulting police officer fiancee

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. --  A Denver policeman was arrested Friday morning at his Westminster home for allegedly assaulting his fiancee, who is also a Denver police officer.

Lane Gardner, 48, and Jennifer Jaidinger, 42, have lived in the home in the 7000 block of West 110th Avenue since February. Now, he has a restraining order against him and can’t go there.

The incident happened Friday morning when police allege Gardner hit Jaidinger in the face. The entire right side of her face is battered, bruised and swollen. An arrest affidavit reads that at about 3 a.m. Friday, “Lane was drunk and began arguing with her about where she was.”

Jaidinger said Gardner “got upset that she was wearing a firefighter shirt as he suspects her of cheating on him with a firefighter.”

The affidavit also said, “Lane pushed her off the bed causing her to fall to the ground. While falling to the ground, Jennifer stated she sustained an abrasion on the right side of her rib area.”

Jaidinger said she then passed out for an unknown amount of time and woke up to Gardner standing over her. She felt pain to her right eye and stated, “Lane must have punched me when I was passed out.”

Jaidinger called 911 and told police “there are several guns in the residence and Lane is very unstable.” The affidavit said Gardner previously had made statements about “shooting it out with officers.”

For that reason, Westminster’s SWAT team was called out to the normally quiet neighborhood. But after repeated unanswered phone calls and shouts at the door, police felt it best to walk away.

Gardner turned himself in at the Westminster Police Department on Monday. He's charged with simple assault battery domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

This is not Gardner’s first brush with the law. In May 1985 he was arrested for obstructing Wheat Ridge police and in February 1993 he was arrested on the same charge in Denver.

Gardner is a 12-year veteran with Denver Police. He’s currently serving behind a desk during the investigation.

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