HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -

A former Houston police officer is accused of strangling his wife during an argument at their home.

Investigators with the Harris County Pct. 4 Constables Domestic Violence unit were called to a home in the 500 block of Cypresswood Brook Sunday night for a family disturbance involving an off-duty Houston police officer.

According to investigators, the wife of ex-HPD Officer Jason Sealy said he physically assaulted her after they returned home from a night out with friends where they drank alcohol at a bar.

During a "fit of jealousy," authorities said Sealy allegedly strangled his wife of 1 ½ years to the point where she could not breathe.

Witnesses at the scene were able to stop the assault and called 911.

Sealy was arrested and taken into custody. He’s charged with assaulting a family member by strangulation which is a third degree felony.

Authorities said an emergency protection order was granted for the victim and Sealy’s bail was set at $0.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office says Sealy resigned before this incident happened.