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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Prince George’s County prosecutors say a District of Columbia police officer has been indicted on attempted murder charges.

Court documents reveal Samson Lawrence got into an argument with his wife as he was trying to install a television and became violent at his home in Prince George’s County last month.

Authorities say he sprayed Lysol in the woman’s face, pushed her when she refused to make him something to eat, threatened her by holding knives against her face and throat and tried to prevent her from calling 911 by grabbing the phone.

Charging documents also alleged that Lawrence struck his wife about a half-dozen times with the metal light fixture, causing a deep laceration in the back of her head.

“I am going to finish, I am going to finish it right now,” the documents quote him as saying.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the 45-year-old Lawrence had a lawyer, and a telephone listing for him was disconnected. He has been released on $200,000 bond.

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham says Lawrence joined the department in 1990 and is a patrol officer. He says the department placed him on non-contact status after learning of the allegations. That means he has no police powers on the street.

Newsham says the police department’s hiring process has changed from when Lawrence joined the department.

Lawrence has not yet turned in his badge, but county prosecutors expect to file a motion soon making the submission of his badge a condition of his bond.

The indictment follows the high-profile arrests this month of two other D.C. police officers: Marc Washington, who was charged with child pornography, and Linwood Barnhill Jr., who is accused of running a prostitution operation involving teenage girls from his apartment.

Barnhill, who joined the department in 1983, remains held without bond, and Washington died after he was pulled from the water last week. Authorities are still investigating his death.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark on Twitter.

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