By CBSMiami.com Team

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A South Florida corrections officer was arrested after she reportedly assaulted a woman in Miramar.

Mercedes Patterson, 28, has been charged with burglary with assault or battery.

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According to police, she broke through the door of her former girlfriend’s apartment at “Lake Vista Apartments” in Miramar on Thursday to get to her and her new romantic partner.

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Once inside, Patterson is accused of pushing her ex to the side and then hitting the second woman multiple times, causing a cut on her face.

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Patterson reportedly told police that she was the one who was attacked and she was just protecting herself.

CBSMiami.com Team