Troop­ers al­lege do­mes­tic fight

Pe­ti­tions filed against each other dis­missed as both are sus­pended

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

Two Mary­land State Po­lice troop­ers were sus­pended from duty, the agency re­ported, af­ter they filed do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence pe­ti­tions against each other, re­sult­ing in ini­tial pro­tec­tive orders that later were dis­missed.

Christo­pher Aaron DiToto, as­signed to the agency’s Leonard­town bar­rack, and Natasha Rose Rucker from the Prince Fred­er­ick bar­rack filed the pe­ti­tions ear­lier this month, begin­ning with DiToto’s com­plaint that on Sept. 9 at his home in Lusby, Rucker threw a cell­phone at him be­fore she “jumped on top of me … placed both her hands

around my neck and be­gan stran­gling me.”

As the al­ter­ca­tion con­tin­ued, DiToto wrote, “in an at­tempt to get her off of me and in self-de­fense, I struck her with an open hand across the left side of her face,” and af­ter he saw that his phone had been used to call 911, “once they an­swered, I in­formed them there was no emer­gency, and they hung up.”

A court com­mis­sioner is­sued an in­terim pro­tec­tive or­der on Sept. 10 against Rucker, who filed a pe­ti­tion the next day with her own ac­count of the in­ci­dent, al­leg­ing that af­ter she con­fronted DiToto about his text mes­sages to an­other woman, he grabbed her arms, yelled at her and “forced me to the ground, where he sat on my chest. Chris put his left hand around my throat, and started to squeeze … [be­fore he re­peat­edly] slapped me hard across my face.”

A judge is­sued a tem­po­rary pro­tec­tive or­der against DiToto, in­clud­ing that he sur­ren­der all firearms in his pos­ses­sion to the Calvert County sher­iff’s of­fice. On Sept. 12, an­other judge dis­missed both cases, at the re­quests of the two pe­ti­tion­ers.

Greg Shipley, a state po­lice spokesman, said Thurs­day that the two troop­ers are “both cur­rently sus­pended with pay pend­ing an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

No crim­i­nal charges were re­ported from the in­ci­dent.

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