Summit Metro Parks said Thursday it has placed a park ranger on paid administrative leave following an incident involving a senior couple.

On Thursday afternoon, the park district issued a prepared statement from its director, Lisa King, about the ranger being placed on leave after an “altercation” Wednesday between the couple and the ranger.

The news release offered no details about the altercation and park district officials could not be reached for comment.

King said that the district has requested that all charges brought against the couple after the incident “be dropped immediately.”

The couple was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of official business, aggravated menacing and failure to comply.

The charges apparently were issued by the park district. Akron police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said Thursday evening that the charges were not issued by Akron police.

According to the park district, the incident began Wednesday morning at the Newton Street entrance of Goodyear Heights Metro Park in Akron.

The ranger pursued the couple’s vehicle to a Darrow Road home and handcuffed the man and woman after an altercation, according to the statement.

Also on the scene was a “backup ranger” and an Akron police officer who had been driving past the Darrow Road and stopped to offer help, the statement said.

“We are conducting an internal investigation of the incident and have also reached out to the couple to learn more about the matter from their perspective,” King said.

King said the park district is “asking the Akron Police Department to conduct a third-party review as well. We will cooperate fully with APD’s review.”

Edwards said that Akron officers are not investigating the incident. He said police would review findings of the park district’s internal investigation if asked.

In the park statement, King said, “We take this matter very seriously. … We hold our rangers, and all of our employees, to a high standard of conduct.”

Even though the incident occurred outside park boundaries, King said, “we expect them to live up to that standard. The public deserves no less.”