Putnam County deputy resigns amid domestic abuse investigation

Michael Mohamed resigned after complaint referenced abuse on then-girlfriend

By Erik Avanier - Reporter

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. - A deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office has resigned amid a domestic violence investigation between the deputy and his then-girlfriend.

Deputy Michael Mohamed was placed on administrative leave on May 10, when a complaint was filed with the Sheriff's Office, according to a news release. Later that month, Mohamed was served an injunction for domestic violence and ordered to surrender his firearms.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was asked to investigate criminal charges, saying violence could have occurred in more than one county. An injunction accuses Mohammed of threatening to kill his now ex-girlfriend multiple times, and accuses him of pointing a loaded weapon at her while they were in a patrol car.

The investigation is ongoing, but an internal affairs investigation determined disciplinary action needed to be taken. Mohamed resigned from the Sheriff's Office on July 11.

“I expect my deputies to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and not dissuade public trust. Mohamed’s actions could do irreparable harm to that trust,” said Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach. “I agreed with the recommendation for termination and I have zero tolerance for behavior that escalates to the level of domestic violence.”

Mohamed started with the Sheriff's Office on Nov. 11, 2017, according to the news release. He worked as a patrol deputy and never received prior disciplinary action.

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