Saturday, August 20, 2011

Palmetto officer facing domestic assault charges

MANATEE — Palmetto police officer David J. Filipiak was arrested Friday morning at his police department by Manatee sheriff’s deputies, and charged with aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

According to court documents, Filipiak’s wife accused him of pointing his police-issued Taser and his privately-owned AR-15 rifle at her and the two children she has from a previous relationship — a 14-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.

“Since David’s recent suspension from the department, his behavior has become unpredictable and he has been making threats against some of his fellow officers and has placed (his wife) in fear of her life,” the documents state.

Palmetto police spokesman Lt. Scott Tyler said Filipiak’s previous suspension stemmed from a minor violation of administrative rules.

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