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The Today File

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February 3, 2015 at 1:59 PM

King County deputy accused of domestic violence told to surrender firearms

A 34-year-old King County sheriff’s deputy has been ordered to surrender his firearms after a judge found probable cause to detain him on investigation of domestic violence felony harassment.

Daniel J. Murphy, 34, was arrested on Sunday in the Issaquah home he had been sharing with his girlfriend of two years after he allegedly said to her, “I’ll kill you. I’ve never been so close to doing physical violence to anyone before. I hope your family dies,” police wrote in the affidavit of probable cause laying out the case.

According to the court document, Murphy became upset when learning that his girlfriend, who also works for the sheriff’s office, emailed a relative about breaking up with him.

Murphy was ordered not to contact the alleged victim and his bail was set at $50,000 at his first court appearance. He was also ordered to surrender his firearms, the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday night, he posted bail and was released, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. DB Gates said Murphy has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a resolution of the case and that an internal investigation is being conducted.

According to the sheriff’s office, Murphy has worked for the department for nine years.

Prosecutors say police have not yet turned the case over to them for a charging decision. Murphy’s second appearance in court is scheduled for Wednesday.

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