Deputy accused of knocking suspect unconscious fired from Kershaw Co. Sheriff’s Office

Deputy accused of knocking suspect unconscious fired from Kershaw Co. Sheriff’s Office
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KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - A Kershaw County deputy has been fired after allegedly knocking out a suspect while trying to arrest him.

Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan said the deputy arrived at a church parking lot on October 15 after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle in the area. When he arrived, the deputy found a man who appeared to be intoxicated with an empty handgun holster in the front seat of the vehicle. As the deputy tried to handcuff the man to conduct an investigation, officials said the suspect resisted arrest and pulled away from the deputy. The deputy then used force to put the man on the ground and handcuff. However, the man was knocked unconscious while doing so.

“What shocked me even more was that my deputy did not immediately render aid or call for medical assistance,” said Sheriff Boan “The deputy eventually called for an ambulance but felt the need to continue using force to get the injured and handcuffed subject into the back of his patrol vehicle. This is NOT acceptable conduct from a KCSO deputy.”

The deputy, who has not been identified at this time, is now under investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

SLED is leading the investigation at the request of the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

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