Two Deputies Fired Following Internal Investigation into a Traffic Stop
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) _ Two central Florida sheriff's deputies have been fired following an internal investigation into a traffic stop in Sanford.
The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/Srqzvw ) reports the men were fired Monday.
An investigation showed deputies Christopher Clutter and Erik Ducharme stopped two men in Sanford on May 19 for a seat belt violation.
The report says Clutter swore at the driver and wielded a shotgun and stun gun.
The newspaper reported several deputies who were in the line of fire told investigators they were concerned about their safety because of Clutter's ``carelessness'' in handling the weapons.
The investigation found Clutter lied on a report and that Ducharme falsified a report and failed to use a microphone during the stop, which is a sheriff's office requirement.
The deputies can appeal to a civil-service board.