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Miccosukee Police Officer Accused of Domestic Battery in Pembroke Pines

An officer for the Miccosukee Police Department was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend in Pembroke Pines.

Robert A. Downer turned himself in to face charges in the Jan. 11 incident, Pembroke Pines Police said Monday.

According to police, Downer and his girlfriend had been involved in a verbal altercation when he repeatedly struck and kicked her in the bathroom of their home. The girlfriend told police Downer also took her phone and tried to break it so she wouldn't be able to call 911, officials said.

The woman had bruises on her triceps and lower back, police said. She also said Downer threatened to shoot her if she reported the incident, police said.

Downer was charged with domestic battery. He wasn't listed in jail records, and attorney information wasn't available.

Miccosukee Police were notified of the incident, officials said.

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