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Deputy arrested on weapons charges resigns in lieu of termination

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A Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy who was arrested earlier this month on charges of Carrying Weapons, Assault Causing Bodily Injury, and Harassment, has also been investigated in an internal affairs investigation surrounding the October 14, 2016 incident. 

That internal investigation has resulted in the employee pursuing resignation in lieu of termination. 

Erick McFerran, 34, of Waterloo has been a deputy sheriff with Black Hawk County since June of 2015. McFerran was arrested earlier this month for having a loaded gun on his person while drunk. It's all right for a 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. 

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said a few things on this matter: 

"It's important to note that our internal affairs investigation in no way draws interference or conclusion to the allegations on the criminal charges, which are ongoing. Our internal investigation looks purely at police and procedural concerns, and weighs the incident against the expectations of our staff. It is frustrating to be in this position, as I openly recognize that we are all human, and as such, we make mistakes...However, the public holds law enforcement officers to a higher standard, and rightly so. It is imperative that our staff strive daily to reach and exceed those standards and expectations that the public holds for us. It is for these reasons that I find it necessary to navigate these tenuous circumstances." 

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