Deputy fired after Knox County use-of-force probe

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Knox County sheriff’s deputy has been fired following an investigation into an excessive force incident involving an inmate at the Knox County jail two months ago.

Media reported another officer resigned and two were disciplined following the Nov. 28 incident.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release Friday the inmate involved was 52-year-old Louis Flack of Knoxville, who was charged with aggravated assault.

The sheriff’s department’s Office of Professional Standards investigation showed that Corrections Officer Nick Breeden, an employee since 2011, used techniques that violated jail policy and use-of-force options taught by the sheriff’s office. He was fired Friday.

Media said Officer Jesse Rudd resigned during the investigation. Corrections Officer Chris Fustos was put on administrative leave without pay for two days, and Cpl. David Sparkes was given administrative leave without pay for five days.