VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announced they have arrested Deputy Austin Rosa for domestic violence on his girlfriend, a fellow deputy.
The sheriff’s office release said the girlfriend had told her supervisor that she was a victim of domestic violence after a night out at a bar.
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The victim told investigators that the violence had started Friday evening when the two were driving home. Austin had sped through a red light and the victim asked that he stop and let her out of the car.
Austin stopped the vehicle but continued to follow the victim as she tried to walk away. He eventually got out of the car and assaulted the victim, according to deputies.
The victim stated that Austin threatened to kill her and shoot any law enforcement officer that responded if she called for help.
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Sheriff Mike Chitwood commended the victim for coming forward and said that Rosa’s behavior would not be tolerated.
Sheriff Chitwood, “No one should have to endure that kind of abuse, especially at the hands of someone who’s sworn to protect others. It’s a black mark for all of us who wear the same badge, but I’m proud of the quick work our deputies did to put this deputy behind bars just like anyone else.”
Rosa was taken into custody at a friend’s apartment early Saturday without incident. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and battery.
He is currently at the Volusia County jail and scheduled to appear before a judge Sunday morning.
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