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"The officer felt the victim was safe," Breeden tells me. "And it appeared to be an isolated incident."
Photos were taken of the injuries and recordings made of the interviews at the time, but Breeden says the department no longer has them on file.
The incident did become an issue in the divorce proceedings, with Penzone first issuing his wife an order of protection, after which she quickly followed suit. Ultimately, the judge in the case dismissed both orders, and the divorce ended with Paul and Susan sharing joint custody of Austin.
Both Susan and Paul since have remarried others. Contacted for this story, Penzone's ex-wife declined to comment.
Penzone's account of the incident now is the same one he gave Glendale officers in '03. He insists that he did not push his wife.
"Absolutely, there was no [violent] contact from me to her at any point in time during our relationship or on that day," he says.
He also claims there have been no other alleged domestic-violence incidents in his past or since this incident.
A cursory search of Penzone's record backs up this assertion.
Breeden states that Glendale has no other records involving Penzone.
Penzone's current address is in Scottsdale, where he lives with his wife of seven years, Veronica. The Scottsdale Police Department says there is only one file related to Penzone in its system, when he was the victim of a burglary in 2009.
Penzone says he always has been open about the incident and even has talked about it when lecturing on domestic-violence issues as a police officer.
"We see situations where women are harmed, and that is unacceptable and unforgivable," he explains. "And there are situations where, unfortunately, women act out against men, which is a far much smaller number. At the end of the day, domestic violence is a very serious issue."
He acknowledges that Arpaio or another candidate for sheriff might use the matter against him, particularly in the wake of domestic-violence scandals involving politicians, such as former state Senator Scott Bundgaard and former state Representative Daniel Patterson.
"I would just ask that people judge it with an objective, open mind," he states, adding that he reported the altercation to avoid the possibility of any future incident.
"People will come up with their own assessment," he concludes. "But I assure you I've never harmed my ex-wife or any other woman. This is not in my nature. This is not who I am. This is why I reported it."