ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - 9 Investigates has learned two Orange County Corrections officers were discharged Friday following a six-month investigation into a fight that broke out on a booze-filled charter bus after a charity event.
According to the investigation, the union chartered buses so corrections officers could attend a Guns and Hoses charity event in Jacksonville. Those buses were stocked with alcohol and chartered by the corrections officers and their family members.
Corrections Lt. Michael Dean and Sgt. Donald Casey were seated across from each other. Witnesses said the two got into an argument about how Dean's girlfriend, another correction's officer, was being treated at work.
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That's when investigators said Dean stood up and threw a punch at Casey while he was still sitting.
According to witness statements, Casey then told the higher-ranking lieutenant, "I'll stab you."
The fight got so out of
hand. The bus driver had to pull over along Interstate 95 to remove Dean from the bus.
One witness told internal affairs Casey stated while still on the bus, "“I hope he doesn’t start any shit when we get back to the compound because I have an arsenal in my car.”
According to the report, once back in the jail parking lot, Casey went to his car and grabbed his personal gun.
The investigation also found Dean made threats against Casey after the internal investigation started. The report said Dean called Casey late at night weeks later and telling him not to say anything about the fight during his interview with internal.
It's unclear whether the officers will appeal.
Channel 9's Karla Ray obtained the 60-page report, in which the bus driver said those on the bus were the most unprofessional group of people he has ever driven.
The driver went on to say the entire bus was filthy, with alcohol having been spilled all over the seats, along with vomit.
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