Deputy kicks fellow deputy in groin while being booked at jail
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy arrested last year on suspicion of assaulting fellow deputies has been accused of kicking another deputy in the groin this week, authorities said.
The latest incident came after Sheriff’s Department officials arrested Deputy Adrienne Myers, 36, on suspicion of making threats against a former friend, an official said. Myers was being booked into a jail facility when she allegedly lashed out. She was restrained soon after the groin kick, authorities said.
In October, Myers was arrested in connection with a morning brawl between three deputies at a La Mirada park; authorities were called after gunshots were fired. Deputies arrived to find their three colleagues bloodied and apparently drunk, an official said.
Myers and the two other deputies were on their way home after being out at a bar when an argument erupted between Myers and Deputy Judith Gonzalez. The argument allegedly turned physical and spilled out of the car.
Eventually, Myers stopped fighting Gonzalez and began fighting with the third deputy, an official said. Gonzalez allegedly left to get her gun from the car. As Myers fought the third deputy, Gonzalez fired her weapon, the official said. No one was hit, according to the official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the case with the media.
Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and Myers on suspicion of felony battery.
Myers has been on paid leave since the park incident, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed.
She was arrested again Tuesday night on suspicion of making criminal threats. She was being booked into Century Regional Detention Facility a few hours later. While she was handcuffed and being escorted to a booking cell, she allegedly kicked a deputy in the groin without provocation, officials said.
That deputy was not injured, Whitmore said, but Myers is now suspected of battery on a peace officer.
The deputy who was kicked worked at the Norwalk sheriff’s station, where Myers used to work, an official said.
Myers declined comment through Whitmore. Gonzalez could not be reached for comment.
“Obviously, we take this very seriously,” Whitmore said. “The investigation will move forward, and the appropriate action will be taken.”
-- Robert Faturechi