Daytona Beach officer on leave after domestic violence arrest, department says

Justin Dunne placed on administrative leave pending results of investigation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach police officer is on administrative leave after being accused of domestic violence, the department said.

The Daytona Beach Police Department said Officer Justin Dunne and a woman went out Wednesday evening and both returned to his residence around 1 a.m. on Thursday where “an altercation took place.”

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A charging affidavit shows the woman found a Port Orange officer and waved him down, asking to use his cell phone to call her father. The officer noticed she was bleeding from her left knee and asked if she was OK. The woman began to cry and said, “I don’t want to get him in trouble,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said she and Dunne had been dating since October and went to his house around 4:30 p.m. and went with him to meet up with his friends for dinner, the affidavit shows. She told the officer she thought they’d return to his home after dinner but instead, they had gone to multiple bars with his friends until 1 a.m.

When they arrived to his home, she went inside to get her belongings and tried to get in her car when Dunne grabbed her by the back of the neck after getting upset they would not be having sex, according to the affidavit.

The woman fell to her knees as a result of the pain, causing her left knee to bleed, the affidavit says. The woman told the officer Dunne had taken her keys and phone and walked away saying, “Good luck getting in the house tonight.”

After taking a statement from the woman, officers tried to make contact with Dunne at his residence, but were unable to contact him, police said. Port Orange officers retrieved three videos from a nearby Ring camera where a woman can be heard in one video yelling, “No, no,” according to the affidavit.

Dunne arrived at the Port Orange Police Department where he was arrested on Dec. 1, according to police. He faces charges of domestic violence misdemeanor battery.

Daytona Beach police said Dunne has been employed with the department for 16 years and will be placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

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