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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.


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