Matthew Lee Hill

Lompoc Police Department detective Matthew Lee Hill is seen here in a playing card distributed by the department.

A Lompoc police detective facing domestic violence charges after authorities say he assaulted his girlfriend Sunday was placed on paid administrative leave Monday, according to Capt. Edward Lardner.

At approximately 11:29 a.m. Sunday, neighbors called 911 to report a domestic disturbance at the Vandenberg Village home of 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill.

Upon making contact with Hill, who was off-duty at the time, and his girlfriend, Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies determined that domestic violence had occurred inside the home. Hill was arrested for the alleged assault.

The detective was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for domestic violence and was released after he posted $25,000 bail later that day.

Hill's arrest in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is the second for the Lompoc Police Department this year involving a domestic dispute. In May, Sgt. Joseph Stetz was arrested after both he and his wife, Claudia Stetz, called 911 after a domestic dispute occurred in their home outside the city limits. Stetz, who was charged with felony vandalism, was held over for trial earlier this month.

In March, officer David Garcia was arrested for DUI.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office has not yet made a filing decision regarding Hill, according to Lompoc District Attorney Paul Greco.

Hill is scheduled to appear in Lompoc Superior Court on Nov. 19.

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