Officer surrenders to face domestic violence charge

Richard Anthony Tippenhauer, a Miami-Dade police officer, surrendered to Miami police on Monday after a woman accused him of domestic violence. (MDPD)

MIAMI – A Miami-Dade police officer surrendered on Monday to face a domestic violence charge.

The Miami Police Department identified the officer as Richard Anthony Tippenhauer and the victim as a woman who had been dating him for about six months.

According to the complaint, the incident in Miami happened while waiting for an Uber driver after a night of drinking in the Brickell area.

“The defendant grabbed her by the back of the neck. The victim pulled away ... the defendant then grabbed the victim by the arm and spit on her causing spit and the defendant’s gum to hit her in the face,” an officer wrote in the complaint.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am disappointed to learn that one of my officers has been arrested and charged with a domestic related battery, while off duty,” Ramirez said. “We will fully cooperate with the City of Miami Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office as they move forward with their investigation.”

Tippenhauer is facing a battery charge.

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