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Deputy Resigns after Shooting Incident

Monday, 16 December 2013

The deputy who discharged his weapon in the sally port of the Detention Facility Friday night resigned today shortly before noon.  Thirty-nine year old James Blankenship said in his letter  to Sheriff Jones that he was resigning for personal reasons effective this date. 

Three other KCSO officers were in the sally port at the time of the incident and were slightly injured from the shrapnel.  Kevin Potter was transported to U.T. Hospital where he was treated and released for a leg wound.  Patrick York and Marty Cruze were treated in the medical unit at the Detention Facility.

Blankenship’s personnel file shows that he was written up and counseled by a supervisor in August 2005 for leaving his weapon, two magazines, a knife, and a cell phone in an unsecured gun locker at the Detention Facility.

The Office of Professional Standards and the Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the incident.



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