A New York City police sergeant nicknamed the “Karate Cop” was arrested this week after he was accused of shooting the mother of his child in the neck during a domestic spat.
Jose Guerrero, 49, was charge with reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. He was released on bail and is scheduled for a following court hearing in January.
Guerrero’s arrest took place on Wednesday evening after the 39-year-old woman was admitted to a Yonkers emergency room at St. John’s hospital.
Guerrero is a fifth-degree karate black belt and is the founder of a dojo in Yonkers, earning him the nickname “Karate Cop.”
The dojo’s Facebook page shows he is a favorite with local media who frequently drop in to do segments.
Last year, the New York Daily News profiled Guerrero and his dojo, saying he has the “chops for the job.”
Sgt. Guerrero has been with the New York Police Department for 16 years and worked in the 45th Precinct in the Bronx.
A fellow officer, Jonathan Munoz, got busted thanks to surveillance footage and is currently facing two felony counts of filing false reports and three misdemeanors of official misconduct.
Munoz, 32, walked up to a woman and began pawing her in a suggestive manner, only to arrest her male friend who pulled out a phone to record.
Munoz claimed Jason Disisto took a “fighting stance” before taking a swing at him late one night in March 2014.
But a surveillance camera proved otherwise.
That video that did not surface until after Munoz and two other cops pounced on Disito and forced him into a car, driving away as one of them threw the phone out the window, causing it to break.
Disito, charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, which are the usual contempt-of-cop charges, which were all dropped thanks to the video.