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Deputy on leave for carrying weapon while drunk

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A Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy is on Administrative Leave for a weapons violation.

Erick McFerran, 34, was arrested Friday morning for having a loaded gun on his person while drunk.

It's all right for deputies to carry a gun outside work, in fact many do.

But, regardless of the person's position, if they're under the influence, their conceal carry permit is void.

Veteran and Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy Erick McFerran is in trouble after he was caught with a loaded Glock.

"It can be a game-changer for him if he's convicted of this unfortunately. It's just a lapse of judgment. If you're carrying a firearm, you have to be more responsible than everybody else," conceal carry permit instructor, Stephen Foote said.

Police said McFarren blew a .169% BAC three hours after the incident.

"The general rule of thumb, if you're intoxicated and carrying a gun, you are subject to being charged for it," Foote said.

According to court documents, Waterloo Police were called here around 3:30 Friday morning for an assault. Moments later, Erick McFarren was taken into custody for carrying a loaded gun while intoxicated.

"It carries a direct parallel with drunk driving. When someone goes drunk driving, they usually don't start out in the course of the evening and say, 'I'm going to go drunk driving.' When someone bootstraps a gun on and has a beer, they usually don't think that's going to be an issue," Foote said.

Foote said, McFarren could lose his job, his gun, and even his conceal carry permit if found guilty.

Court documents indicate McFarren assaulted one of the victims.

The gas station manager said it was caught on camera, but they're not releasing video to the public.

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