Police officer accused of stabbing wife on date night

MCKINNEY, Texas – A North Texas police officer is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after his wife accused him of stabbing her in the stomach on date night.

Sgt. Audrey Lee Palmer is a 21-year veteran of the McKinney Police Department.

Audrey Lee Palmer/ Collin County Jail

An arrest affidavit says he and his wife were having a date night when a text message arrived on Palmer’s cellphone from a telephone number unfamiliar to his wife. When his wife called the number, a woman answered by saying, “Hey, babe.”

Palmer and his wife had begun to argue when, according to the affidavit, his wife picked up a steak knife in the kitchen “out of anger.”

A struggle ensued for the knife and his wife was wounded.

He’s free on $50,000 bond after his arrest early Thursday.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Palmer was placed on administrative by the department while the investigation is conducted.