Missouri police chief accused of striking wife in head with hammer 04/05/2021 1:43 pm PDT Comments WDAF / Johnson County HOLDEN, Mo. (TCD) -- A police chief in western Missouri was arrested after allegedly striking his wife with a hammer and knocking her unconscious last week. Holden Police Chief Trenton Neal, 29, allegedly attacked his wife on the night of Tuesday, March 30, WDAF-TV reports. Neal’s wife told investigators that he struck her on the left side of her head with a framing hammer, WDAF reports. She was reportedly knocked temporarily unconscious. When she came to, she was alone. She said she called her friend, who called authorities, according to court documents. The woman had “obvious swelling on her cheek and a 2-inch bruise just below her temple,” according to WDAF. She told investigators Neal allegedly grabbed her by the neck and shoved her head into a wall, and grabbed the hammer as she tried to hide in the garage, WDAF reports. A detective asked Neal how his wife got the bruises, who said he had “no idea.” KMBC-TV reports the dispute arose over a set of keys. Neal told investigators he and his wife went to a bar for her birthday, then picked up their child on the way home, KMBC-TV reports. Neal said he put their child to bed and fell asleep. In court documents, Neal’s wife said he “has a history of abusing her,” and has “assaulted her multiple times each month over the past two years,” WDAF reports. The woman said she is afraid of losing her child and worried Neal “will harm her or kill her if she seeks help,” according to court documents. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the case. Neal was booked in the Johnson County Jail for third-degree domestic assault. He was reportedly placed on administrative leave during the investigation. He was expected in court on April 7. Neal has been the Holden police chief since 2019. MORE: Holden police chief facing domestic assault charge after allegedly hitting wife with hammer - WDAFProbable cause documents allege Holden police chief struck wife in the head with a framing hammer - KMBC #KansasCity #Missouri Related Stories Children's home supervisor shot dead after firing employee: Prosecutors Missouri man charged with murder of pregnant mother he met on app Justice for Amish girl impregnated by brothers; survivors talk - TCDPOD Police: Disney World ticket booker helped domestic-assault victim, called 911 Missouri woman arrested for allegedly hiring hit on ex-mother-in-law 'Demon' beatings: Girl dead, parents and neighbors charged - TCDPOD Missouri jail staff finds gun in detainee’s possessions, believe woman 'concealed gun in body cavity' Cop shoots at sheriff's deputy during domestic dispute call: State Police Missouri woman shot dead in argument, husband arrested for murder ‘Valentine Sally’: Body found in Arizona in 1982 identified as missing Missouri teen Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.