Chronister: Deputy Arrested, Fired After Pointing Gun At Suspect Who Was in Custody
The man in custody was not armed and made no aggressive actions toward any deputies, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
TAMPA – A Hillsborough deputy was arrested and fired in connection with an incident during which he pointed his gun at and threatened an unarmed suspect who was in custody, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Janak Amin was charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. His employment with the Hillsborough sheriff’s office was also terminated. The department did not release a photo of Amin, saying it is protected from release under state law. He held the rank of sergeant. No other information about Amin was immediately available.
Deputies said that, early Thursday (July 9) morning, they encountered a person near the intersection of N Nebraska Avenue and Annie Street E who was suspected of leaving DACCO Behavioral Health Center after he was inadvertently transported there from HCSO’s detention facilities. The man was taken into custody while deputies tried to positively identify him.
The man was not cooperating with deputies and refused to confirm his identity. At that time, deputies said Amin, who was on the scene, pointed his firearm at the man and threatened his life because he would not immediately provide his name.
The man in custody was not armed and made no aggressive actions toward any Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Deputies and another supervisor, who were all at the scene, intervened to de-escalate the situation and were able to positively identify the man.
After the incident, deputies immediately came forward and HCSO’s command staff was notified. With the exception of the suspect, all of the witnesses from this incident are sworn law enforcement personnel.
Amin was arrested Friday (July 10).
“There is no question, this incident is detestable and not representative of who we are as a law enforcement agency,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “The almost 4,000 men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office are so very proud to serve and protect the community.
“When a member of our team breaks the oath they have taken and the law, it erodes the sacred trust we have with the community that we have worked so. hard to earn. As your sheriff, I will always fight for and protect victims and peruse lawbreakers, even if it’s one of our own.
“I want to also commend the deputies who came forward to immediately came forward to report this most egregious act. While I know it was difficult to do so, this is the type of transparency we must have as a law enforcement agency, whose mission is to serve, protect and defend the community while preserving the rights and dignity of all.”
In recent weeks, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has re-emphasized its “duty to intervene” through a training video that all personnel was required to watch. HCSO requires sworn personnel to intervene when they witness violations of our policies and professional standards.
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