A Pennsylvania State Police trooper has been placed on unpaid leave after he was charged with assault this week in Westmoreland County, a state police spokesman confirmed.
Paul C. Mauser, a trooper in the Belle Vernon barracks, has been charged with aggravated assault and one count each of terrorisitc threats and simple assault.
Mr. Mauser, 38, and his wife, Jennifer Mauser, had a verbal argument Wednesday that ended in a physical altercation, according to court documents. Mr. Mauser pushed Mrs. Mauser, causing her to fall down a flight of stairs and break her ankle, police said.
During the altercation, he threatened to kill her and, after her ankle broke, said something had to happen and "one of us has to die," police said.
Court documents show Mr. Mauser was arraigned Wednesday afternoon and faces a preliminary hearing in March.
State troopers in Greensburg are investigating.
Molly Born: email@example.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. Lexi Belculfine contributed.