Syracuse Police need taser to stop woman from choking her girlfriend

<font size="2">Gretta Barnes</font>

Syracuse Police tasered a woman as she was allegedly attacking another woman.

Police responded to the physical domestic dispute around 2:40 a.m. Monday at 1228 Park Street.

They say 24-year-old Gretta Barnes called 911 saying police had 10 minutes to get there "or the other female will be dead." When police arrived, they say Barns was trying to smother her girlfriend 23-year-old Alexandria Chartier. Police could hear the struggle inside the home and the woman yelling for help. Police ordered them to open the door but no one responded.

The victim started yelling for the officers to kick in the door. When they went in, police say they were met by a large vicious dog and were forced to partially close the door. Officers ordered Barnes to stop choking the victim. When she didn't, police tasered her.

The victim told CNY Central that Barnes attacked her after she tried to end their relationship. Chartier told police Barnes was choking her with her hands and put a pillow over her face, causing her to lose consciousness several times.

Barnes is charged with strangulation and assault. She's being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center.

UPDATE: Around 5 p.m. today Barnes attempted to take her life while in custody but did not successfully commit suicide.