Sheriff Deputy accused of beating woman in home

Woman found unresponsive in Sheriff Deputy's home
Posted at 3:29 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 15:49:17-04

An Erie County Sheriff's Deputy was arraigned Thursday, accused of beating and strangling a woman inside his Buffalo home.

39-year-old Dennis McAndrew is charged with assault in the second degree and strangulation in the second degree.

According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, the alleged incident took place over a two day period, between December 14-16 2017.  When police officers arrived at the Olcott Avenue home, the victim was unresponsive.  She had multiple injuries to her face and body, and had to spend several days at ECMC for treatment.

McAndrew is currently suspended by the Sheriff's Office. 

"Once our office learned of the individual's arrest, we took immediate action to suspend his employment without pay.  That employment status will remain in effect until the issue is adjudicated," Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Scott Zylka said.

If convicted, McAndrew faces up to seven years in prison.