Thank you; so in Minnesota an officer cannot issue a citation in lieu of arrest for domestic violence pursuant to the following statute:
The officer need not personally witness the alleged domestic violence in order to make an arrest pursuant to the following statute:
If the officer has probable cause to support a belief that domestic violence occurred, the officer must make an arrest and take the defendant into custody pursuant to the following statute:
As such, if no arrest was made, the officer felt that the required probable cause was not present and thus likely attempted to ensure the situation was safe, and did not therefore have the need to make an arrest, meaning that there would be no arrest.
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