Deputy resigns over pepper spray incident

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 5:53 p.m. CDT

UNION — An eastern Missouri deputy has resigned after allegedly putting pepper spray on pizza before giving it to inmates.

The Missourian, a newspaper in Washington, Mo., reports that the deputy met with Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke on Wednesday and submitted his resignation. A disciplinary hearing had been scheduled for Thursday.

The deputy's name has not been released. He has not been charged with a crime.

The incident happened Aug. 19 when someoneput pepper spray on the pizza and offered it to an inmate, who shared it with three other inmates. All four suffered what Toelke described as stomach and mouth "discomfort." One was treated at a hospital and later returned to jail.

Pepper spray is used by police to subdue combative suspects.


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