Sacramento cop charged with domestic violence, steroid possession

PHOTO: Justin Shepard via ABC10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento police officer has been charged with one count of corporal injury to a spouse and two counts of possession of anabolic steroids, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said Saturday. A court-records check done by The Update confirmed the DA’s announcement.

The alleged domestic violence incident in question occurred in May and was the subject of a previous inquiry by the DA’s office. Shepard allegedly caused “visible injuries that did not require hospitalization” to his spouse, a woman, in Natomas.

Prosecutors declined to initially file charges on that allegation due to a lack of evidence. The woman referenced in the complaint told police investigators that she sustained the injury in a work-related accident, and that Shepard had nothing to do with it. Shepard’s lawyer, Joel Weinstein, said at the time that he expected his client to be fully exonerated.

Unfortunately for Weinstein, that wasn’t the case. Concurrent to the domestic violence probe, Shepard was being investigated by the DA’s office and the Sacramento Police Department for using anabolic steroids – man-made variants of testosterone often used as performance-enhancing drugs.

During that investigation, the DA’s office said, Shepard, 30, got swept up into another domestic violence incident in San Francisco. Officials haven’t disclosed what the incident specifically was, but it was enough to cause them to take a second look and charge Shepard in connection with the May 6th incident.

Shepard was arrested in San Francisco County on several outstanding warrants and will go to court for arraignment on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. He’s been on administrative leave since police first began to probe the incident, and has been stripped of all peace officer powers as the process continues. Police say Shepard’s alleged conduct isn’t a characteristic of the entire department.

“The Sacramento Police Department does not and never will tolerate criminal behavior from our officers,” Chief Daniel Hahn said in a statement. “We demand that our officers uphold the highest legal and ethical standards that are required to serve our community in the critical position of peace officer.  We hold our officers to these standards both on and off duty and will continue to work with the victim in this case.”

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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