MANKATO, Minn. — A Minnesota woman who called 911 to report an incident of domestic abuse instead wound up jailed herself after a police officer determined she was the aggressor in the fight.

The Mankato Free Press reports Mary Christy Brosnan, 22, was arrested and appeared in court Wednesday on a felony charge of second-degree assault and misdemeanor charges of domestic assault. She had called 911 at about 2:25 a.m. Tuesday to report she had been choked by Michael Thomas Wilcox, 32, during an argument at their apartment.

An officer who responded to the call reported she saw red and purple marks on Brosnan’s neck consistent with being choked, but noted that Brosnan said the choking happened after she had used a steak knife to stab a mattress several times. According to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court, Brosnan said she and Wilcox argue often and the only way to get Wilcox to back away was to “get over the top.”

The officer located Wilcox, who had left the apartment on foot before Brosnan called 911, and took him into custody later Wednesday morning. A preliminary breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .06, below Minnesota’s legal limit and about half that of Brosnan, according to her breath test.

Wilcox said the couple had argued for several hours before the officer responded to Brosnan's 911 call. Wilcox said Brosnan punched him in the face several times, pulled his hair and bit his arm. The officer reported she could see what looked like bite marks on Wilcox's arm and a swollen and bruised area under his left eye.

When she asked Wilcox if he had retaliated, Wilcox allegedly said he "flipped out and choked her" after she punched and bit him.

Brosnan's bail was set at $2,500 with conditions including not having contact with Wilcox and refraining from using alcohol.

The Mankato (Minn.) Free Press contributed to this story.

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