As reported in the Greeley Tribune, a Loveland Police Department first year officer has been fired after allegedly “striking” a suspect after she was put into protective custody this weekend; a criminal investigation into the officer is now underway. At 8:30 a.m. Saturday LPD officers responded to a report of an adult woman wandering in and out of traffic and speaking incoherently in the area of North Garfield Avenue and East 29th Street, according to a release from the department. The woman was contacted, placed into protective custody and transported to Medical Center of the Rockies in east Loveland for further evaluation. Allegedly, the woman was verbally abusive to hospital staff and the officers on the scene and the officer struck the female in her face causing minor injury. The officer’s partner “immediately intervened,” removed him from the room and called for a supervisor to respond to the scene, the release said.