Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ex-deputy given deferred prosecution

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009
By NICHOLAS LEDDEN/The Daily Inter Lake

Assault-with-a-weapon charges filed against a former Flathead County Sheriff's deputy will be dismissed on the condition he remains law abiding for six months.

Patrick Brian Ward, 39, was fired from the Sheriff's Office in 2002 for the unwarranted use of lethal force, but his recent legal troubles stem from an unrelated incident.

Ward, who was accused of threatening to shoot a private civil process server delivering divorce papers, signed a deferred prosecution agreement last week with the Flathead County Attorney's Office.

According to court records, the process server knocked on the front door of Ward's Good Country Road home on the afternoon of May 7. After answering, Ward refused to accept the papers and closed the door in the process server's face...

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Ex-deputy given deferred prosecution


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