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Cop from A&E Reality Show Arrested Hours After Filming in Domestic Violence Incident

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A Connecticut cop who appeared on A&E’s new reality series Live PD was arrested hours after filming Friday, when her ex-boyfriend accused her of domestic violence, PEOPLE confirms.

Earlier that night, viewers of saw Connecticut police Sgt. Stacey Lyons handcuff a man whose girlfriend had accused him of choking her. The unedited arrest was watched by thousands as it unfolded during the premiere episode of Live PD, which follows six police departments across the country and has been described as Cops with a delay.

But A&E’s cameras weren’t rolling when Lyons found herself in handcuffs, following an incident that allegedly occurred inside her ex-boyfriend’s house, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE. (A&E did not have a comment.)

The records confirm that Lyons — a decorated officer and longtime member of of Bridgeport, Connecticut’s police force — was arrested on Friday for disorderly conduct in Trumbull, Connecticut, where her ex-boyfriend lives.

A judge has ordered Lyons, 33, to have no contact with her ex-boyfriend, court records confirm. Lyons is free on a promise to appear in court for a hearing on Nov. 16. She has been placed on administrative leave from the police force.

Lyons was arraigned on Monday. She has not entered a plea to the disorderly conduct charge.

Her attorney, Christian Young, tells PEOPLE the arrest was “a very unfortunate situation.”

Calling Lyons “a highly regarded and acclaimed law enforcement officer,” Young vowed “to address” the charges “expeditiously, and we’re hopeful for a swift resolution so she can get back to serving the community.”

In one of her last duties as an officer before her arrest, which was captured by the Live PD cameras on Friday, Lyons told a domestic abuse suspect as he proclaimed his innocence, “We have rules that are above me.”

“This is a domestic situation and I don’t have a choice,” she said as the suspect downplayed the accusations.

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The Alleged Assault

Early on Saturday morning, Trumbull police received a call concerning a possible assault. When they arrived, the homeowner, Lyons’ ex-boyfriend, alleged she entered his home uninvited using a security code.

According to court officials, the ex said Lyons allegedly confronted him after realizing another woman was there — becoming embroiled in a shoving match with her ex, according to court records, before fleeing the home when he called 911.

Police said that Lyons’ ex-boyfriend sustained a minor abrasion to one of his forearms and a cut to his nose, but said he refused medical treatment.

He also wouldn’t file a written complaint against her, court records show.

Lyons denied hitting her ex, and she told investigators the couple split two weeks ago but had plans to attend a wedding together on Sunday, court records show.

According to municipal records, Lyon was promoted to police sergeant in September 2014. She received an award for heroism last year.