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Monday, December 05, 2005

Deputy faces charges for pulling gun on restrained inmate

St. Petersburg Times, FL
Published December 4, 2005

DADE CITY - A Pasco detention deputy stood over a jail inmate strapped hand and foot to a hospital bed. He drew his gun and pointed it at the man's head.

"We're not gonna have any trouble out of you today, are we?" he said, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll.

The deputy, Erik Vasquenz, then holstered the .40-caliber Glock and finished his shift Friday at Pasco Regional Medical Center. But Vasquenz's partner on the detail, Dep. Jean Terkowski, was disturbed by the intimidation and reported Vasquenz.

Vasquenz, 29, was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault. He was also placed on paid administrative leave.

"You cannot point a gun at someone that is not doing anything wrong," Pasco sheriff's Lt. Skip Stone said Sunday.


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