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N. California officer accused of beating woman

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) -- Police in Northern California are investigating allegations that an off-duty officer beat a woman with a baseball bat.

Walnut Creek Police said Friday it is conducting an internal investigation into claims that Officer Gregory Thompson was involved in the beating in nearby Richmond on Aug. 16.

Richmond Police Capt. Bisa French says the 53-year-old Thompson was not wearing a police uniform or in a patrol car at the time of the alleged random attack. Officers discovered Thompson inside a car and found a ski mask as well as a baseball bat, two guns and zip ties.

French says Thompson identified himself as a police officer when he was arrested.

The woman's injuries were not life threatening.

Thompson is out on bail and has been placed on administrative leave.

He could not be reached for comment and its' not clear if he's hired an attorney.

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