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30-year veteran of Philly Police Department charged with choking woman in domestic case

Officer Wayne Arnold, 59, was suspended and will be fired from the force, the department said.

File photo of Philadelphia Police cars.
File photo of Philadelphia Police cars.Read moreYong Kim / Staff Photographer

A 30-year Philadelphia police veteran was criminally charged with choking a woman in a domestic assault case, the department said Friday.

Wayne Arnold, 59, who was suspended from the force and will be fired, was arrested Thursday and charged with a misdemeanor count of strangulation, and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

The department said in a news release that Arnold choked a woman during a May 17 altercation, causing her to lose consciousness. She suffered scratches and other marks on her neck.

Arnold’s bail was set at $50,000, according to online court records. It was not immediately known if he had been released.

A spokesperson for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 said the police union had no comment on Arnold’s case.

The officer’s last assignment was with the intensive drug investigations squad.