St. Pete police officer arrested for domestic battery

Posted at 8:23 AM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 17:57:48-04

A St. Petersburg police officer was arrested and charged with domestic battery on Sunday. 

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Curtis Wright, 34, of Seminole got into a argument over a cell phone with his live-in girlfriend early Saturday morning, according to Pinellas County deputies. 

The verbal argument turned physical when Wright reportedly hit the victim. The victim told deputies that Wright "snatched" the phone out of her hand and when she attempted to get the phone back from him, he grabbed her hand and twisted her body behind him and tried to use her fingers to open and unlock the cell phone. 

The victim said that she grabbed a bottle of window cleaner and sprayed Wright in the face to get him to release her. She ran away from Wright but he grabbed her and "body slammed" her to the floor. The victim says he grabbed the window cleaner and sprayed it in her eyes. He attempted to get her to unlock the phone while he was putting all of his weight on her chest. The victim bit Wright to get him off of her. 

The victim admitted that they had been drinking alcoholic beverages before the incident.

Wright told deputies that the victim kicked him in the face and gave him a bloody nose. He had obvious bite marks on his back and right upper arm, where the victim bit him to get away from him. 

Pinellas County deputies arrested Wright at 12:48 a.m. on Sunday morning. He bonded out on Sunday afternoon. 

Wright was sworn in as a St. Petersburg police officer on April 19, 2010.

He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations. 

ABC Action News has confirmed Wright has also been involved in an officer-involved shooting in 2013, involving a suicidal suspect.