Troopers allege domestic fight
Petitions filed against each other dismissed as both are suspended
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.