ST. CLOUD — A sheriff’s deputy got fired from his job with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, and criminal charges have been filed against him with the State Attorney’s Office.
The firing involves allegations that the deputy, Michael Carr, 26, fired a gun in a residential neighborhood in St. Cloud while he was intoxicated.
The gun that he used, the sheriff’s office later concluded, was his agency-issued weapon.
An investigation into the deputy started on June 23, when the sheriff’s office received a complaint about gunshots.
The call involved shots that had been fired in an area off Running Horse Trail in St. Cloud. That’s a residential subdivision made up largely of single family homes.
When deputies began investigating the alleged shooting, they came to the conclusion that it involved one of their own: Carr, who has been employed as a sheriff’s deputy since March 2011.
After a further investigation, Carr’s employment was terminated by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on July 5.
Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, noted that the criminal investigation “concluded he publicly discharged his agency-issued weapon while intoxicated, while off duty.”
The charges that Carr was facing, she said, include discharging a firearm in public, and discharging a firearm while intoxicated.
In fact, those charges just got forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for review, Lizasuain said.
“In addition, an internal investigation concluded Carr violated three policies, including conformance to laws, conduct unbecoming and use of weapons, which led to his termination,” Lizasuain noted in her report on the firing.
It’s not over with.
“The incident is considered an active criminal investigation pending the State Attorney’s Office review,” she added.
The results of the criminal and internal investigation will not be available until after the State Attorney’s Office completes its work, Lizasuain added.
“After this time, we will be happy to provide both documents,” she said.
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