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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego police officer Gilbert Anthony Lorenzo was arrested again Monday night for the second time in two weeks.

Now, CBS News 8 is getting a look at what appears to be his volatile relationship with his wife. CBS News 8 spoke to Tanya Lorenzo last month when her husband was arrested for abusing her and she defended him.

"I'm not going to defend him anymore. I have to take care of me and my girls,” said Tanya Lorenzo.

Now she is not standing by his side, she says he has turned everyone against her, but we obtained pictures of bruises and video of a fight, admitting he's hit her before while a police officer.

In this cell phone audio, you can hear a fight between who is believed to be suspended San Diego Police Officer Gilbert Anthony Lorenzo and his wife Tanya Lorenzo:

(inaudible) doesn't want to hang out with you. hu?

So you hit me?

You act like your sister and (bleep) don't want you going over there because they can't stand you.

You (expletive) hit me in the face

So you hit me?


Yeah, I did. Call the...

He says call the cops and CBS News 8 has learned this audio was recorded before La Mesa Police arrested Lorenzo on April 22nd for pushing his wife and now he's accused of choking his wife of four years and leaving this bite mark on her back Monday night.

CBS News 8 also spoke to the wife earlier in the day on the phone.

"Never once have I thought that someone I love or the father of my children would strangle me to the point I could hear the bones crack in my neck,” said Tanya.

Tanya says she was dropping off her children where he is staying in Spring Valley - they have been separated since the first arrest.

This time there were witnesses and they called 911.

“I was scared for my life. I tried swinging I couldn't swing, it was bad. It took more than one person to get him off of me,” continued Tanya.

She believes the neighbors saved her life, "I think if they wouldn't have come I wouldn't be here right now.”

Deputies were called and Lorenzo was booked on domestic violence involving injury against a spouse. He would not tell his side. The wife believes he is blaming her for losing his badge.

"He has always been a nice person, today, yesterday it was just like I don't know who he was. It was like I was staring into a blank stare he didn't have any emotion."

Two weeks ago Tanya defended her police officer husband.

Now she has a much different tone:

"I can't defend him right now. I'm really hurt right now emotionally and physically."

On the phone she says she has to protect her children and her life.

"I know it can happen again and this time when I felt my life was going to be taken from me I know that there is no way protecting him and there is no running back. This is serious."

The San Diego Police Department would only say since Lorenzo's domestic violence arrest last month, his police powers have been stripped. He is also suspended without pay.

The District Attorney is still reviewing the case and has not filed charges in last month's case.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is call the YWCA Domestic Violence 24-hour anonymous hotline at 619-234-3164.
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