Grant County deputy arrested after domestic violence call
By Jefferson Robbins
A Grant County sheriff’s deputy was placed on administrative leave Monday after his weekend arrest in a domestic violence investigation.
The Sunday incident led a police tactical team to respond to the home from which it was reported, but that proved unnecessary and Deputy Corey R. Linscott, 36, was arrested without incident.
Chief Deputy Ken Jones said Linscott is on leave with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation by the Quincy Police Department.
“We’ll be watching this unfold, and we’ll also be conducting our own internal investigation,” Jones said.
Grant County Sheriff Public Information Officer Kyle Foreman said the arrest stemmed from an apparent altercation between Linscott and his adult stepson. Linscott allegedly grabbed the stepson by the neck and tried to force him from the home. Quincy police officers who initially investigated the call about 12:10 p.m. found Linscott’s stepson and the young man’s mother leaving the home in the 200 block of H Street Northeast.
The Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team was summoned after the Quincy officers heard no response from Linscott inside the house, and feared for his safety. The team stood down after finding Linscott was not inside the residence.
He returned to the home about two hours later, and was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree domestic violence. Linscott, who was off-duty at the time, was walking in an alley across the street and south of the residence when he was arrested.
Linscott was due to make his first appearance in Grant County District Court on Monday. Jones said Linscott could return to duty on a light administrative assignment if a judge allows it.
Linscott has “faced some disciplinary internal issues in the past,” Jones said, none of them related to domestic violence.
“Those issues have been resolved, and he has completed everything to task.”
Linscott is the subject of a federal civil suit over a 2012 arrest in Desert Aire, in which he’s accused of wrongfully discharging his stun gun on a witness who was trying to video record his interactions with civilians.
The suit brought by James A. Watson against Grant County claims Linscott warned him away during a “commotion/law enforcement encounter” outside a tavern, then used a Taser on him and arrested him when he refused. The suit claims when Watson’s phone was returned to him by deputies, the video had been deleted without a warrant or permission.
In their court response, attorneys for the county said Watson was “interfering and inciting others” at the scene and denied other elements of his complaint, including his claim that the phone was searched and the video removed.
That federal case is set for hearings in Spokane in July.
— By Jefferson Robbins, Wenatchee World