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Domestic violence accusations against Sacramento Police officer recanted, officials say

The woman told police she was injured in a work-related accident that had nothing to do with Justin Shepard.
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Justin Shepard - Sacramento Police Officer arrested for alleged domestic violence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The woman who accused a Sacramento police officer of domestic violence fully recanted her claims, an attorney representing the officer said in a statement. 

Justin Shepard, a three-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department, was accused of domestic violence. Police said the incident when he was off duty and that she did not require hospitalization.

Shepard's attorney released a statement saying that on Monday, May 10 the woman told police she was injured in a work-related accident that had nothing to do with Shepard. 

"Further she explained that her alleged injuries were sustained in a separate accident and work-related occurrences completely unrelated to Officer Shepard. We expect Officer Shepard to be exonerated once the investigation has been concluded," Joel M. Weinstein said in the statement. 

Sgt. Sabrina Briggs of the Sacramento Police Department said the investigation has been turned over to the Sacramento District Attorney's Office. 

Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Dawn Bladet said in a statement the case is currently under review.

“Our ethical obligations as prosecutors prevent us from providing any further comment at this time,” Bladet said.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that the Sacramento Police Department recanted the charges against Officer Shepard. The Sacramento Police Department did not recant the charges. ABC10's apologizes for the confusion. 

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