Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington Monday confirmed earlier reports that he has placed a Blount County deputy on unpaid leave following a referral to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) by the Guntersville Police Department. Earlier reports on al.com said the off-duty deputy had driven his Blount County Sheriff’s Department patrol car to Guntersville and that an incident there involved a woman.
Arrington said he has been notified by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation that the Blount County deputy was under investigation but that he had no more details than that.
“The reason I can’t comment further is that the action was taken by another agency,” Arrington said. “I was informed by ABI that they were investigating and that a Blount County deputy was involved. I immediately placed the individual on unpaid leave, but I have no more details beyond that,”he said.
Sgt. Steve Jarret, spokesman for ABI, released the following statement to The Blount Countian: “On May 6 we were requested to do a criminal investigation into this matter by Guntersville police Chief Jim Peterson. We will provide those results to the Marshall County District Attorney when the investigation is complete.”
Capt Damon Summers of the Birminghan state trooper post commented further: “We cannot release any further details on that. It’s an ongoing investigation.”
Arrington confirmed that the deputy worked as a school resource officer at J.B. Pennington High School. He said a replacement school resource officer has already been assigned for the remaining days of the semester to the Blountsville school.