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Portland Winterhawks assistant coach accused of assaulting woman

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Keith McKittrick, jail booking photo Keith McKittrick, jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An assistant coach for the Portland Winterhawks hockey team is facing charges including assault and strangulation.

According to court documents, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on the 1900 block of Latitude Way in Beaverton at 7:35 a.m. Aug. 16.

A woman said Keith McKittrick, 32, threw her on the bed during an argument and put his hands over her mouth and nose preventing her from breathing for five to 10 seconds, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit states the woman scratched McKittrick's hands and arms and bit him. She told detectives she was afraid she was going to die while being strangled by McKittrick.

Court documents state the woman told deputies she attempted to leave the home by running out the door, but McKittrick grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back inside and up the stairs.

The woman was asked to rate the pain from the incident on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst pain she has ever felt, according to court documents. She told investigators the pain was a 10.

A probable cause affidavit states McKittrick told deputies the argument was only verbal and nothing physical took place. A deputy said he observed various scratches and a bite mark on McKittrick's right hand, consistent with the woman's version of the incident, according to the affidavit.

McKittrick was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault, strangulation and domestic menacing. He is due in court Sept. 14.

According to the Winterhawks website, McKittrick was hired as an assistant coach in July 2014. He was previously an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL.

A Winterhawks spokesman told FOX 12, "We're aware of the situation and we are taking it seriously. Keith is currently on administrative leave while the legal process plays out. At this time, we cannot comment any further than that."

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