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CBS News anchor Rob Morrison resigns after getting arrested for choking, threatening wife

Posted at 3:41 PM, Feb 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-20 16:38:59-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Veteran New York City news anchor Rob Morrison has stepped down from his post at CBS 2, just days after he was arrested for allegedly choking his journalist wife – and threatening to kill her, in a drunken rage.

Morrison was taken into police custody early Sunday following a violent domestic dispute at the Connecticut home he shares with wife CBS Money anchor Ashley Morrison and their 7-year-old son.

According to reports, cops were called to the home after Ashley’s worried mom called 911 – believing her daughter was in danger.

The New York Daily News reported that responding officers arrested the newscaster after finding red marks on his wife’s neck.

Morrison was sporting a bloody nose and a busted lip at the time of his arrest, reportedly a result of Ashley smashing a remote control on his face in an attempt to break free.

rob morrisonTo make matters worse, police say the newscaster taunted his arresting officers with name-calling and was heard saying “ I can’t go home tonight man, I’m fucking killing her.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Morrison confirmed his resignation, saying: “My family is my first and only priority right now and I have informed CBS 2 management that I need to put all of my time and energy into making sure that I do what’s best for my wife and my son.

Police are still investigating the incident.

CBS 2 did not immediately comment on the situation.