MISSOULA – An ex-Missoula County sheriff’s deputy is under criminal investigation for excessive use of force.
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Brenda Bassett said the investigation pertains to a November incident involving former deputy Douglas Hartsell and the arrest of Brandon Shea.
The investigation was launched in January by the sheriff’s office after concerns were brought on from other deputies. Those concerns were not in the initial arrest report.
Bassett says that they have tried to contact Shea for comment multiple times to no avail.
MTN News contacted the Department of Justice on Thursday, which confirmed that there is an open criminal investigation but would not provide any additional information.
“We take these things seriously and that’s why this investigation has been referred to a third party,” said Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott.