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Lauderhill police sergeant accused of violating restraining order

Police: Michael Bigwood pulled gun on ex-wife

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A Lauderhill police sergeant was arrested Wednesday in Oakland Park after violating a temporary restraining order that mandates he stay away from his ex-wife, deputies said.

According to an arrest report, Michael Bigwood showed up to his ex-wife, Michelle's home just before midnight on Tuesday and banged on her front door, demanding she speak with him.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said Bigwood had also called and sent text messages to his ex, who works for the Broward Sheriff's Office.

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Deputies said a "recorded control call" was conducted Thursday, at which point Bigwood apologized to the victim several times for arriving to her house unannounced and said he had been drinking that night.

According to the arrest report, Bigwood's ex-wife was granted a temporary restraining order Dec. 10 against him that is effective until June 6.

The restraining order stems from an incident last  year, in which Bigwood allegedly pulled a gun on her.

"The wife or the girlfriend says that at one point he pulled a firearm on her and threatened to harm her and the children, and it says drinking is a problem," Judge John Hurley said in bond court Thursday. "When he is intoxicated he becomes violent."

Lauderhill police said Thursday that Bigwood has been on administrative leave without pay since January.

Bigwood was ordered to be held in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. He was also ordered to stay away from his ex-wife and not to drink alcohol.

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