A 25-year veteran of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office was fired and charged with assault after an armed, off-duty confrontation with his neighbors Saturday.
Mark Wilson Davis, 47, had been drinking when he heard gunfire or fireworks from the adjoining property on Saturday, the Shelby Star reported. .
He grabbed his rifle and decided to check things out.
Davis was not wearing his badge. In fact, he was in overalls when he announced to a group of people on his neighbor’s property that he was a sheriff’s officer. Matters deteriorated from there.
At one point, according to the article, Davis pulled a man by his shirt into the barrel of the gun. An argument followed. Eventually Davis walked back to his home.
His problems were not over. A subsequent sheriff’s investigation found that the confrontation was just the latest incident in an ongoing feud between Davis and his neighbors.
Based on the findings of that investigation, Sheriff Alan Norman fired Davis, who’d been a deputy since 1992 and was most recently was a sergeant in the civil division. He had no disciplinary problems during his long career.
Davis also was charged with assault by pointing a gun and simple assault. He has been released on bond and told to stay away from his neighbors, the Star said.
“Let me be clear: These actions will not be tolerated,” Norman said afterward. “Regardless of an employee’s years of service or position within the agency, they will be held accountable for their ethical decision-making, both on-duty and off-duty.”