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Milton man accused of choking girlfriend after being fired from job

Photo: Santa Rosa County Jail log

A Milton man is facing domestic violence battery charges for reportedly choking his girlfriend after being fired from his job.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office said the victim was at her home on West Lake Road when her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Harvey William Morris, came to the residence.

According to the incident report, the victim said Morris was mad because he had just been fired from his job on Monday and began to yell at the victim.

The victim told deputies she told Morris she was going to call the workplace to find out the reason he was fired, which made Morris more upset.

According to the incident report, Morris smashed her phone and hit her on the left side of her face with it. Morris then pulled her hair and began to choke her with both of his hands, the report said.

The victim said she felt her face turn red and was unable to breathe. She told deputies she was able to get away from the home and call the sheriff's office to report the incident.

While she denied EMS, the victim told deputies her neck and throat hurt. She described her neck pain as possible whiplash and her throat pain as difficult to swallow. The incident report said deputies did not see any visible injuries to her and took photos for documentation.

Deputies were able to find Morris in the 4700 block of Fairoaks Drive.

The incident report said Morris "spontaneously stated that he was just fired from his job" when deputies told him what he was being charged with. Morris also told deputies he and his girlfriend "got into an argument and he left the situation."

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