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February 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

King County deputy charged with threatening to kill girlfriend

A King County sheriff’s deputy accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend was charged Wednesday with felony harassment, domestic violence.

Daniel J. Murphy, 35, was arrested on Sunday and released from jail on bail Monday in connection with the incident at the home he shares with his girlfriend near Issaquah.

According to charges, Murphy’s girlfriend was crying and upset when she called deputies to report the threat. The woman told the deputy who responded to their home that she had broken up with Murphy on Friday, but at around 3 a.m. Sunday he returned to the home and yelled at her for emailing his mother about the break-up.

The woman told deputies Murphy’s “face was red and his eyes were bulging.” She said she had “never seen him so angry,” charging documents said.

The woman said that Murphy threatened, “I will kill you — I’ve never been more close to physical violence on anyone before. I hope your family dies,” charges said.  The woman said Murphy, her boyfriend of two and a half years, then left the house. The woman called a friend, who called for help.

After his arrest, Murphy denied threatening to kill the woman or her family. He said that the woman had threatened him with a gun in the past, according to the charges. “However, he never reported it or told anyone about it,” charging documents said.

Investigators asked the woman about Murphy’s allegations and she said that she had armed herself during an argument with him because she was afraid. But, she said, she never pointed the weapon at Murphy, charges said.

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

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

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