Hamilton County sheriff on leave while KBI investigates incident

9/19/2013

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has released more information about an incident involving Hamilton County Sheriff Richard Garza, saying Wednesday that the sheriff was arrested early Sunday morning on an allegation of aggravated assault.

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Garza voluntarily placed himself on administrative leave following his arrest.

Hamilton County Attorney Rob Gale requested a special prosecutor, and Scott City Attorney John Shirley has been appointed to handle the case, according to a KBI press release that was issued Tuesday.

Shirley said Tuesday that he is unable to provide any further details about the case since charges have not yet been filed. Although Shirley did tell The Associated Press the incident involving Garza was a "family matter" and that there was no physical violence.

When asked if the KBI anticipates charges being filed, Smith said investigators will review the case and consult with Shirley to make that determination.

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Garza posted bond and was released from the Hamilton County Jail on Sunday.

Undersheriff Nicholas Krug will act as interim sheriff during the course of the investigation.

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