CJ Joe is suspected of stabbing his father at a home near 107th Avenue and Thomas Road on Sunday. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
AVONDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of his father during an alcohol-fueled fight April 21.
CJ Joe, 27, a detention officer at the Maricopa County Durango Jail, is suspected of stabbing his father, Curtis Joe, 55, with a Swiss Army knife at a home near 107th Avenue and Thomas Road after a night of drinking, police said in court paperwork.
CJ Joe's sister, Lauren Joe, said the father and son were arguing politics when CJ Joe stabbed their father. Officers found CJ Joe standing over his father, who was lying in the driveway.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement:
"The Avondale Police Department arrested CJ Joe on suspicion of attempted murder on April 21, 2013. CJ Joe has been employed with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer since 2005, where he has had no discipline history or employment issues. Officer Joe is currently in leave without pay status and is being held in a segregation unit, as is standard procedure for anyone with a law enforcement background. Any questions regarding this case must be referred to the Avondale Police Department."
CJ Joe was being held on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
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