• Seminole Co. deputies fired over traffic stop fight for jobs


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Two Seminole County deputies who were fired for how they handled a traffic stop are trying to get their jobs back.

    An investigation showed deputies Christopher Clutter and Erik Ducharme stopped two men in Sanford in May for a seat belt violation. The report says Clutter swore at the driver and wielded a shotgun and stun gun.

    One of the deputies who arrived at that scene said he feared for his own safety as one of the other deputies waved the shotgun around.

    The investigation found Clutter lied on a report and that Ducharme falsified a report and failed to use a microphone during the stop, which is a sheriff's office requirement.

    Both former deputies have hired lawyers and will take their case before a civil service board.

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