Sheriff Easter reports internal threat

(Craig Andres / KSN)

WICHITA, Kansas – Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, in a Friday morning press conference, announced that they have suspended a detention deputy accused of threatening a coworker.

Sheriff Easter presented information to the District Attorney’s Office for felony criminal charges, calling the threats “significant”.

The case involves a nine-year veteran of the department who made multiple threats over the phone to coworkers. He is on paid administrative leave.

“I can’t say there was a target list of people that he named or anything like that, but we took it serious enough to investigate it as a crime and serious enough to alert some of his chain of command,” said Sheriff Jeff Easter.

The sheriff says the co-workers threatened were caught off-guard.

“We believe there was alcohol in play with this particular incident, but we are investigating it through our detective section,” said Easter.

Sheriff Easter said measures have been taken to keep the deputy out of the jail for now and criminal charges may be filed as early as Monday.

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