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Posted on Sep 8, 2015

Sheriff’s deputy fired amid domestic violence allegation

Following an internal investigation, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office last week fired a deputy who is facing a domestic violence charge.
Deputy Corey Linscott of Quincy was fired on Aug. 27, the sheriff’s office reported.
In a press release issued Wednesday, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said he was saddened that he had to terminate a deputy’s employment with the county.
“However, given the results of the investigation and the actions and behaviors of Corey Linscott, both during the incident at his home and during the internal investigation, I was left with no other choice,” Jones said in the press release. “Law enforcement officers should strive to earn and maintain the respect of citizens, and I believe this decision was necessary given the seriousness of the allegations of misconduct.”
Linscott had been employed by the sheriff’s office since 2011. He had been on paid administrative leave since his arrest on April 26, Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo said on Wednesday.
Ponozzo said there would be no additional comments from the sheriff’s office on why Linscott was terminated because of potential for an appeal from the deputy.
Linscott is set to appear in Grant County District Court on Sept. 14 on a charge of fourth-degree assault. He is accused of putting his hands around his 18-year-old stepson’s neck during a family dispute at their Quincy home. Linscott and his wife had been arguing when the stepson stepped in to defend his mother, according to a police report.
During the April 26 incident, Quincy police and deputies summoned the Moses Lake Tactical Response Team after they could not make contact with Linscott inside the house; law enforcement feared he had barricaded himself in or would harm himself.
Linscott, however, was arrested more than two hours later in the alley behind his home. He was carrying his .45-caliber pistol and a police radio at the time of his arrest, according to records from the investigation.
The deputy was previously disciplined by the sheriff’s office for displaying his handgun while confronting a motorist parked outside his house in November 2013 and for insubordination while being counseled in March 2014 for frequently drawing his firearm during interactions with suspects in the field, according to a story printed in the Wenatchee World.
Neither attorney Steve Woods of Wenatchee, who is representing Linscott on the domestic violence charge, nor John Ziobro of Richland, the police union attorney, could be immediately reached Wednesday morning for comment.
A separate criminal investigation into the incident has been filed by the Quincy Police Department with the county prosecutor’s office.

 

By Jill FitzSimmons, editor@qvpr.com

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