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Local police officer charged after strangling woman in front of children

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Miami, FL–
A Miami-Dade Police officer has been arrested for allegedly strangling a woman.
34-year-old Zamir Vargas Valerio was taken into custody on Tuesday following the incident that occurred at the woman’s Davie home.
According to the report, Valerio went to the home and woke the woman and her three-year-old son up to demand that she unlock her phone.
When the woman refused, Valerio began to threaten the woman before pushing her down.
The woman’s 10-year-old son heard the commotion and went to help his mother.
Valerio then began walking towards a safe in the home where he kept two firearms.
The woman then tried to leave the home with her two sons, however, Valerio prevented them from leaving.
He then began strangling the woman.
The woman managed to break free and ran to a neighbor’s home for help.
Once the police arrived, Valerio told authorities that they had gotten into an argument and were just yelling at each other.
Authorities noticed, however, that the woman appeared to have red marks around her neck.
Valerio is being held on a $2,000 bond. Miami Police said he has also been relieved of duty with pay pending an internal affairs investigation.