IRC Sheriff’s Deputy Fired After Domestic Violence on Mother’s Day

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

According to Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers, a corrections deputy was terminated Sunday after being arrested on domestic battery violence charges.

“One of our corrections deputies, Corporal Chris Swindell, was arrested by the Port St. Lucie Police Department last night, overnight, for domestic violence battery involving alcohol,” Flowers said on Sunday.

Swindell, 36, was booked at the St. Lucie County Jail at approximately 7:25 a.m. Sunday and was being held without bail.

According to the arrest affidavit, Swindell and his wife were visiting friends. Allegedly, Swindell consumed “almost an entire bottle of Barcardi by himself.” He then fell asleep, and when his wife tried to wake him up, he became violent and was “holding and pinning” her down on the bed by her hair.

Flowers said the behavior would not be tolerated, and it was not the first incident with Swindell involving alcohol.

“Before I took office, he had another incident that landed in internal affairs, it was investigated, and he received a suspension for that. I did meet with him upon taking office, and we had a serious discussion,” Flowers said.

“He assured me that he was committed to our agency. Unfortunately, he didn’t follow through with his end of the bargain. So, right now, he’s in the St. Lucie County Jail. Our leadership team has served him with his termination paperwork,” Flowers added.

Flowers also stated that the arrest is “a tarnish on our badge” and agency, and it “completely unacceptable and disappointing that one of our own was arrested on Mother’s Day for domestic violence.”

“This type of behavior will absolutely not be tolerated,” Flowers added.

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