PORT RICHEY ― A Zephyrhills police officer was arrested Monday on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
The Zephyrhills Police Department said it immediately suspended Officer Timothy Alan Murr II with pay pending completion of a criminal investigation into the incident.
The incident took place at a Port Richey address at about 4:30 a.m., according to the arrest report. Murr was the only person named in the report.
A woman was yelling in a bathroom, the report said, when Murr entered and started yelling at her to stop. Then Murr grabbed her wrists and kept yelling at her, the report said. The woman then called the Sheriff’s Office, which sent deputies to investigate.
Murr told deputies that he was defending himself. The woman’s mother was present at the time and backed her daughter’s account, the report said. Murr was arrested and booked into the Land O’Lakes Detention Facility. He was freed at about 4 p.m. Monday after posting $1,200 bail.
Murr, 33, has been on the force for about six years. The department took possession of Murr’s service weapon and badge from his home, said Zephyrhills police Capt. Reggie Roberts.