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State committee asks Cascade County sheriff to surrender police certificate

Posted: Feb 06, 2018 4:46 PM Updated:
Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards. MTN News Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards. MTN News

The Montana Public Safety Officer Standards & Training council (POST) on Tuesday asked Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards to surrender his police and coroner certificate during a case status hearing in Helena.

The committee stated that alcohol, a physical altercation, and a gun were all factors in a June 2017 incident between Edwards and his girlfriend.

Edwards admitted that he was in a "very loud disturbance" with his girlfriend in the hotel room, but denied that he ever touched his girlfriend, and denied that his weapon was involved.

Committee members asked Edwards to explain the differing accounts from people outside the hotel room regarding the involvement of a gun in the incident.

Edwards told the committee members unequivocally that there was no gun involved in the incident, and tried to explain how people outside of the hotel room could have interpreted the sounds that they heard.

Edwards told the committee, "I took the gun out of the holster, set it on the bed. Then I put my holster on and put my gun in my holster. I do not know where people are getting (that) I racked a gun, because I didn't need to. My gun was always loaded. There was no reason and I am baffled on why people thought I was racking a gun in that hotel room."

Edwards will receive a letter some time next week from POST that will formally ask him to surrender his certification.

Edwards can still be sheriff without POST certification. Edwards has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election.

Edwards entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with Helena City Attorney Thomas Jodoin; Edwards says that he has completed the terms of the agreement, including exceeding the required number of hours of counseling, and the citation has been dropped.

See also: Police release 911 call involving Bob Edwards

See also: Sheriff Edwards talks about assault incident

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