CLEARWATER — A man accused of choking his girlfriend was arrested Wednesday morning after, authorities said, he threatened to shoot police officers who responded to the scene.
Matthew Schweitzer, 21, of Clearwater was charged with domestic battery by strangulation, simple battery, threatening a public official and resisting arrest.
According to Clearwater police, Schweitzer began choking his 26-year-old girlfriend, Alexis Getz, during an argument just before 8 a.m. at 118 N Hillcrest Ave..
When the couple's roommate, 43-year-old Paul Felch, tried to intervene, Schweitzer pushed him into a wall, police said.
Getz and Felch called police.
Schweitzer fled when officers arrived, but was quickly taken into custody not far from the home.
After the arrest, Schweitzer threatened to shoot the officers on scene, police said.
According to an arrest report, Schweitzer first begged to be released. When the officers refused, he vowed to "find and kill" one officer and his family.
Then, he said, "If I had my piece, I'll shoot you n----- cops," according to the report.
Police determined he did not have a gun.
On Wednesday afternoon, Schweitzer was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.
Schweitzer has previous convictions for driving under the influence and marijuana possession, according to Pinellas County court records.
Getz was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow @sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.