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Cop Charged With Beating Wife with Lamp Put Under House Arrest

A Metropolitan Police Department officer facing trial for hitting his wife with a lamp post has been ordered confined to his parents' house and is under electronic monitoring

A Metropolitan Police Department officer charged with hitting his wife with a lamp post has been ordered confined to his parents' house. File|Patch
A Metropolitan Police Department officer charged with hitting his wife with a lamp post has been ordered confined to his parents' house. File|Patch

A Washington, D.C., police officer charged with attempted murder in an attack on his wife with a metal lamp post must wear a home electronic monitoring device until his trial, according to news reports.

Metropolitan Police Department Officer Samson Lawrence is also under house arrest, according to WTOP. He must remain at his parents' house 24 hours a day and is subject to random check-ins.

Lawrence was indicted in December in Prince George's County for attempted first- and second-degree murder and related charges stemming from a Nov. 24 incident.

According to a news release from the state’s attorney, Lawrence was attempting to hang a projection TV in his house and became angry with his wife because she told him she didn’t know where the screws were to hang the projector. 

The suspect reportedly grabbed a can of Lysol and began spraying it in the woman's face when she spoke.

Then, when Lawrence’s wife refused to make him something to eat, he allegedly began pushing her.

When his wife attempted to call 911, authorities said Lawrence allegedly grabbed the phone from her and would not let her make the call. The woman then tried to leave the house, but Lawrence followed her, pushed her to the floor in their living room, picked up a metal lamp post and began to hit her in the head while she lay on the floor, authorities said. 

Lawrence’s wife tried to leave the house again, but Lawrence reportedly held two knives by her face and throat and threatened to cut her. She eventually got free and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911, the release said.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, Lawrence has also been charged with first- and second-degree assault and wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, Patch earlier reported.

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