JULY 2017

I am pleased to acknowledge the selection of DEPUTY SHERIFF CHRISTOPHER ITLE as Employee of the Month for July 2017.

At approximately 1458 hours on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Deputy Itle was serving civil process in the Hawkins Village neighborhood when he heard 3 to 4 gunshots being fired.  The sound emanated from the railroad tracks located above the housing complex.  Deputy Itle immediately searched the area in his marked unit before parking it in a vacant lot next to the underside of a nearby bridge.  He subsequently radioed County Communications with his location and withdrew his firearm, keeping it at the low ready position. 

Upon arriving at the tracks, Deputy Itle encountered two males, who were sitting on the rail line approximately 50 feet away from him, with firearms in their hands.  The actors observed Deputy Itle, dropped their weapons and stood to their feet.  Deputy Itle commanded the men to put their hands in the air and walk backwards towards him.  Deputy Itle took both actors into custody and Sheriff’s deputies and officers from multiple law enforcement agencies arrived at the scene. 

Upon questioning, one of the men admitted he did not own the firearm he was in possession of and that the weapon discharged after it had accidentally fallen from his waistband.  He further stated that he was en route to the Anthony Arms shooting range.  Deputy Itle observed that the man had an unsteady gait, bloodshot eyes and that a strong scent of alcohol was permeating from his body.  Although the weapon was not reported as stolen, the actor could not recall the name of the auction from which he professed to have purchased the firearm, which was registered to another individual.  Both men were charged with reckless endangerment of another person, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and defiant trespass.

In recognition of his outstanding work, Deputy Itle will be granted one full day off work, as long as no overtime is incurred.  Please join me in congratulating Deputy Itle for his performance during this critical incident.