ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A veteran Orange County Sheriff’s deputy accused of hitting his wife during an argument was jailed early Friday.
Sgt. Donald Woods, 35, is assigned to the patrol division, but has since been relieved of law enforcement duties. He will be reassigned to administrative duties until the investigation is complete, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Woods’ wife told investigators Woods slapped her during an argument Thursday morning in their bedroom. She screamed, prompting their children to run to the room. Woods grabbed his wife in a bear hug and pushed her to the bed, pretending to tickle her, a report shows.
The woman continued to scream until he released her.
Woods’ wife, whose name was not made public, contacted a lawyer after the incident to seek advice on how to get an injunction against Woods. She told deputies the violence has escalated and Woods has accused her of having an affair.
The woman claims Woods threw a laptop at her back and tried to take her wedding rings off and bruised her fingers, reports show. Woods’ wife told investigators she was hesitant to report his actions because she didn’t want him to get in trouble at work.
Woods was arrested around midnight Friday and was being held at the Orange County Jail Friday afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office professional standards office is conducting an internal investigation.