Ashtabula County deputy accused of punching subjects fired

Deputy fired after ATV riders beating charges

ASHTABULA COUNTY - An Ashtabula County Sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting two apprehended suspects and falsifying his report has been fired, according to the Ashtabula Star Beacon.

Sgt. James Truckey, 42, was indicted last week on felony charges of assault and tampering and misdemeanor counts of assault and dereliction of duty, according to the article.

According to the article, body camera footage showed the suspect complying with officer commands and already in handcuffs. 

WKYC reported Sept. 22 that police body cam video shows Truckey punching Edward Dirrgil while he was on the ground. Dirrigl says he and a friend were headed home on an ATV when a Jefferson police officer got behind them.

Once the sheriff's department joined, the ATV stopped.  The driver, Eric Platt, started running, while Dirrigl surrendered.  That's when Truckey hit Dirrigl. Dirrigal says he suffered brain trauma, and cuts to his eye and face.


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