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Ralph Godbee, Detroit Police Chief, Suspended After Allegations Of Affair With Officer (UPDATE)

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Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee listens to a question during a press conference at headquarters on July 25, 2012. On Oct. 2, it was reported that Godbee had an affair with a woman in the Internal Affairs department. | AP

UPDATE: 5:08 p.m. -- Fox 2 has a photo of Angelica Robinson, the female officer said to have had an affair with Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, with a gun in her mouth, posted on Robinson's Twitter account after she learned that Godbee possibly was having an affair with another woman.

Godbee was suspended by Mayor Dave Bing Tuesday afternoon pending an investigation.

WXYZ reports Godbee and his wife Yolanda Godbee are in the process of divorcing and have not lived together for more than a year.

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. -- The Detroit Free Press reports the female officer who said she had an affair with Police Chief Ralph Godbee is Angelica Robinson, who is stationed in the department of internal affairs. Her attorney told the paper Robinson was depressed and there was a concern that she may attempt suicide.

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. -- In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Dave Bing said he had put Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee on a 30-day suspension "pending a full and thorough investigation of this matter." Godbee is accused of having an ongoing affair with a female officer, who revealed the information after learning that Godbee, who is married, had allegedly gone out of town with another woman.

Assistant Chief Chester Logan will handle Godbee's duties in the interim.

Bing fired Godbee's predecessor Warren Evans after an embarrassing reality TV show audition video surfaced, as well as because of complaints about Evans' relationship with another officer, Monique Patterson. Shortly after Godbee rose to the chief position, it was revealed that he had also had a relationship with Patterson, but he remained instated.

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Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee had an affair with a female officer in the Internal Affairs department, WXYZ reported Tuesday.

The officer revealed the relationship on Twitter after finding out that Godbee was supposedly out of town with another woman. Her weapon was taken and she was sent for a mental evaluation, according to the local news affiliate.

Godbee was previously involved in an office romantic entanglement that ended on a sour note. He had an affair with Officer Monique Patterson in 2010, just after he replaced fired former Chief Warren Evans, who also had a relationship with Patterson. In that case, texts between Godbee and Patterson, obtained by Evans, revealed the relationship with the married chief.

The folks charged with maintaining law and order in Detroit are clearly not above the minor scandals that result from romance in the workplace. There's Judge Wade McCree, who proudly (and boldly) texted a shirtless photo of himself to a female underling. And no one needs to be reminded of the not-so-minor text message scandal between former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, currently in court for federal corruption charges, and his chief of staff.

This is a developing story.

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