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Domestic dispute in Indian Rocks Beach leads to arrests of out-of-state police officers

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Posted at 8:49 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 20:54:42-04

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — A domestic dispute at Crabby Bill's Restaurant led to the arrest of two active City of Philadelphia police officers and one who is retired, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a call about a domestic battery at the restaurant. They found 44-year-old Cindy Caine and 51-year-old Paul Seeger arguing near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 1st Street.

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Witnesses told deputies Seeger pushed Caine before they arrived. Deputies approached the couple and they refused to stop, according to the sheriff's office.

A deputy grabbed Seeger by the arm in an attempt to stop him from walking away, the sheriff's office says. Seeger resisted and Caine got involved, pushing the deputies arm, authorities say.

Then, 44-year-old Frank Bonett approached the deputy and threatened him. The sheriff's office says he took off his shirt, clenched his fists and shouted profanities at the deputy.

Seeger then approached the deputy in an aggressive manner. The deputy used an electronic control weapon to strike Seeger, but the sheriff's office says it was ineffective.

The deputy used a take-down maneuver on Seeger and they got into a violent struggle, according to the sheriff's office. Seeger was eventually handcuffed.

Seeger, Caine and Bonett were all arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Deputies learned Caine and Seeger are married. They say both were uncooperative with the investigation.

Caine and Seeger are both currently employed as police officers with the Philadelphia Police Department. Bonett is retired from the same department.

Caine was charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement officer. Bonett was charged with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer. Seeger was charged with one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting an officer with violence.

Deputies believe alcohol was a factor in this case.