Rio Hondo city commissioner accused of domestic violence

Joe Lopez // San Benito News Photo

A Rio Hondo city commissioner is under investigation after being accused of domestic violence.

Rio Hondo police confirmed officers were called out to the home of Place 5 City Commissioner Joseph Joe Lopez on Monday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Lopez is accused of using his arm to either choke or hold down his wife.

Accoding to the San Benito News, Lopez took office in May 2012 after winning a local municipal election by one vote.

Rio Hondo police have forwarded the cases to the Cameron County District Attorney's Office where Lopez works as an investigator.

The Cameron County District Attorney's Office reported that Lopez has been fired and issued the following statement:

In the morning of July 7, the D.A. TMs Office was informed by the Rio Hondo Police Department that it was investigating a domestic violence case against D.A. Investigator Joe Lopez. In the afternoon of July 7, Investigator Lopez was fired. The RHPD submitted the case to the D.A. TMs Office today, and we have already requested that a district judge appoint an attorney pro-tem.