A western Missouri police chief has been placed on leave after being arrested on suspicion of attacking his wife with a hammer.

Television station WDAF reports that Holden Police Chief Trent Neal was arrested after police were called about the Tuesday night attack.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Neal is suspected hitting his wife in the head with a framing hammer while the pair were in their garage, rendering the woman unconscious.

The woman told investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol that when she came to, Neal was no longer in the garage, and she called a friend who, in turn, called authorities.

Neal has been charged with third-degree domestic assault and faces a court hearing on Wednesday.

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