Hillsborough deputy accused of pointing service weapon at wife's head, choking her

The deputy threatened to shoot her wife if she left her, the sheriff's office said.

TAMPA, Fla. - A Hillsborough County deputy is accused of choking her wife and pointing her service weapon at her head during separate arguments, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Amy E. Dawson, 29, a deputy for seven years, faces charges of battery by strangulation, battery domestic violence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Dawson and her wife engaged in an argument on Dec. 31, 2017 where she pushed her wife into a bathroom, grabbed her service firearm and pointed it at her wife, the sheriff's office said.

"The defendant threatened to shoot the victim if she left her and then the defendant turned the firearm to her own head and threatened to kill herself," the department said in a statement. "The barrel of the firearm touched the side of the victim's head and the victim was in fear for her life while the threats were made."

The couple engaged in another argument on March 3 where Dawson pinned down her wife against her will in an upstairs bedroom, the sheriff's office said.

The victim left the home but later returned.

"Later that evening, the defendant and victim engaged into another argument that turned physical when the defendant pushed the victim up against the living room wall and restrained her against her will," the department said. "The argument continued into the master bedroom, where the victim was again pushed up against the wall and restrained against her will. During this last restraint, the defendant

pressed her forearm against the victim's neck causing a restriction in air flow. The defendant did not lose consciousness but had limited air flow during this short period."

The victim suffered injures to her jaw line, wrist and arms. She also complained of pain in her sternum, the sheriff's office said.

The victim's child was home at the time but did not witness the altercation, authorities said.

"The defendant corroborated the victim's statements and made admissions of guilt implicating herself in the offense post Miranda," the department said.

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Dawson has been suspended without pay pending an internal investigation. She remained in the Hillsborough County Jail on Tuesday under no bond.

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