SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE 12/25/2017, 10:07 p.m.: Sheriff Javier Salazar confirmed late Monday night Jesse Massey was once a deputy with the sheriff's office.
A former Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy is facing a felony assault charge after investigators say he choked his police officer girlfriend and tampered with her equipment, including her service weapon.
The accused man, Jesse Massey, was once a Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy, Sheriff Javier Salazar confirmed late Monday.
According to an arrest affidavit, a friend who called police on Dec. 24, said Massey was a "former Bexar County Sheriff Officer" who had just resigned.
The friend asked authorities for a welfare check on Massey, who he said was drunk and threatening suicide by cop. He also said Massey may be a suspect in a crime involving his girlfriend, who police discovered was a Hollywood Park police officer.
Authorities asked a Hollywood Park Police Department sergeant for help identifying Massey's girlfriend and authorities went to her home for a welfare check.
The female officer was found with visible injuries to her neck and told police that Massey had assaulted her at her apartment on the morning of Dec. 22.
She said Massey was argumentative and didn't like the fact she talked with other officers.
Massey pushed her onto the bed and choked her with both hands, according to the affidavit. The officer began to scream for help, and Massey choked her several times and tried to stop her from screaming by first placing his hands, and then a pillow, over her face, the document said.
Massey then allegedly disassembled the officer's service weapon, police radio, Taser and cell phone.
The officer fell asleep, and according to the affidavit, Massey was next to her when she woke up, and she confronted him about the injuries to her chest and neck before he left.
Massey was charged with family violence assault by choking or strangulation, a third-degree felony. He was released on a $50,000 bond.