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M'ville cop accused of assaulting deputy

Cary Ashby • Aug 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

A Huron County sheriff’s deputy was treated at a hospital following an alleged altercation with a Monroeville police officer.

Deputy Chris Williamson went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries after the early Sunday morning incident at Officer Wallace Johnson’s Cherry Street home in Norwalk.

It’s unknown what led to the altercation. Williamson and Johnson previously worked together as Monroeville officers.

The sheriff’s office has placed the deputy, reported to be the victim, on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing criminal investigation led by Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Smith.

“That’s mandated by the union contract,” Sheriff Dane Howard said about Williamson being placed on paid leave.

Johnson also is on paid leave through his department and will remain as such until authorities determine what happened, Monroeville Police Chief Gary Lyons said.

“I don’t have all the facts,” Howard said, referring related questions to Norwalk police.

The sheriff said his office will be conducting an internal investigation that will parallel Smith’s, but won’t interfere with it. Howard said he and his staff are committed to a “full and complete investigation.”

“We won’t be part of the criminal investigation. … The evidence will determine the outcome,” Howard said.

Smith, who is in the beginning stages of his investigation, said he “investigated a disturbance at a Cherry Street address,” but declined to elaborate.

Once the investigation is completed, Smith will forward his report to the Norwalk Law Director’s Office for review.

Williamson has been with the sheriff’s office for slightly more than a year.

“He started in the Monroeville Police Department. He also spent some time with the Willard Police Department,” Howard said.

Johnson has been with the Monroeville department for about 11 years.

Last year, he was placed on paid administrative leave for a domestic violence allegation at his home. No charges were filed in the case. To read a story about that incident, click HERE.

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