September 22, 2014

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On-duty Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputy indicted on assault charge

 

Donald McCurry

Donald McCurry

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry has been indicted on a felonious assault charge for allegedly striking a friend of his daughter’s in the head with a flashlight while on duty last year.

McCurry, 48, was booked into the Lorain County Jail on Friday and released on a personal bond.

Sheriff Phil Stammitti said McCurry, who has worked in the office for nearly 25 years, has taken indefinite family medical leave. Stammitti said given the nature of the allegations against McCurry, he wouldn’t have allowed him to work even if the veteran officer hadn’t taken leave.

Stammitti also said there will be an internal investigation into McCurry’s actions. The criminal investigation was handled by Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth’s office to avoid any appearance of impropriety, he said.

The victim in the case, Joe Reiger, said Friday that he was visiting McCurry’s adult daughter at a rental property next to the family’s Island Road home in Eaton Township in the early-morning hours of Aug. 12, when the incident took place.

Reiger, 28, said he was friends with Ashley McCurry, but had never met her father.

He said she invited him over that night, but told him to park at a nearby business and walk the few hundred feet to the house. Reiger said when the elder McCurry, who was on duty, came to the house, Ashley McCurry asked if he wanted to meet him.

Reiger said they went outside through one door while McCurry went in through another door, so they followed him back inside.

“As soon as he seen me, he pulls his pistol on me and shoves it in my face,” Reiger said.

McCurry told Ashley McCurry to leave, Reiger said, and then told him, “I want you to stay away from my daughter or I’ll kill you.”

Reiger said he began backing toward the door, while telling McCurry that he meant no harm.

“He says, ‘You’re not moving fast enough’ and hits me upside the head with his flashlight full force,” Reiger said.

Once he got outside, Reiger said, McCurry came up to him and asked how he was doing. When he replied that he felt like he was going to die, Reiger said McCurry shone his flashlight on his head, saw the bleeding wound and began cursing.

McCurry then took him inside his home and began working with his wife to stop the bleeding, Reiger said. He also said the deputy apologized to him.

Eventually, he said, Ashley McCurry took him to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. He said she told the nurse that he had fallen and hit his head on a rock.

The doctor who saw him didn’t believe the story. Reiger said Ashley McCurry then admitted her father had hit him.

According to an initial report on the incident, Reiger received 10 staples to close the gash in his head.

Later, he said he received text messages from Ashley McCurry in which she wrote her family would cover his medical expenses. He said at that point he didn’t plan to file a complaint.

That changed, he said, after he received a call from Ashley McCurry in which she said the family had gotten into an argument about the situation and that her father had made comments almost challenging him to report what happened. That prompted him to contact Stammitti’s office, he said.

Reiger, a veteran who once considered a career in law enforcement, said he was pleased to hear that McCurry had been indicted because he doesn’t believe police should be above the law.

He said even if McCurry didn’t know who he was, he had no right to draw a gun on him and hit him in the head.

“I wasn’t even a suspect that night,” Reiger said. “I was just a friend hanging out with another friend and I got the blunt end of it.”

Stammitti said that McCurry’s career has largely been without problems.

“He’s been a good employee. He’s been a good officer. He’s a pretty good guy,” he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.


  • Mark B

    Oh Cops do no wrong , I wonder if they took the Armored Truck to go arrest him ? they knew he had weapons and a flashlight , and had made threats to kill someone . Does that compare to talking loud on your porch ?

  • tickmeoff

    Nothing will come of it. A slap on the wrist, we all know cops are above the law!

    • shadow

      Oh no. The kid will sue and he will win and WE will pay for this loser’s mistake. Hopefully they’ll put him behind bars.

  • DonMega

    He got mad because dude was boning his daughter.

    • shadow

      Then clobber the daughter. She’s the one in heat and directing the boy to her house KNOWING the dad is a brick shy of a load in the mental health dept.

  • Scott Napier

    Don is a great guy, good friend, and a danm good officer. When it comes to family things can get heated no matter what profession your in. There are to sides to each story and can not go soley on what the press states. Remember there trying to sell papers. As for Officer McCurry his 25+ years of service will show a outstanding record. This man has most likely help you out over the years. So look at your own life before you past judgement.

    Don’t is the type of person that if he has done something wrong he will own up to that and make it right. My 2 cents

    • Simon Jester

      Can’t recall bludgeoning anyone with a flashlight personally. Maybe if I had a badge it would seem like a better idea…

    • Mark B

      If you are married for 25 years , then assault your wife it is still domestic violence . Assaulting some one is no different , will he loose his wright to own firearms ? A regular citizen would .

    • shadow

      Well then, perhaps HE will pay the kid when he sues the county for assault.

    • golfingirl

      “Great guys” do not beat defenseless people

      A “damn good” police officer does not point their department issued firearms in someone’s face, simply because he was seeing his daughter.

      If this is your definition of “great,” I would shudder to think what it would take for someone to be considered “bad,” by your standards.

  • Simon Jester

    Thin blue line. No MRAP at his house.

  • bigglynn

    2 sides to every story something don’t add up when he parks down the road at a business and walks there he would of got the same if I found him sneeking around my house and im sure most of the fathers on here feel the same

    • Deborah

      Mothers’ too. Someone had to make the call to inform McCurry that a man was seen skulking around his daughter’s home and had somehow gained entry. I would’ve been frantic.

      • shadow

        The daughter LIVED next door if I read it right.

      • golfingirl

        Not what happened at all.

        He knew the man was invited by his ADULT daughter.

        If I was the daughter, I would move far away so “daddy” couldn’t continue to control my life.

    • golfingirl

      He was not “sneaking” around the house. He was invited to be there by the ADULT daughter.

      If he had a problem with this arrangement between his ADULT daughter and her ADULT “friend,” he should have taken it up with his ADULT daughter!

      The father knew his ADULT daughter invited him, he was not an intruder, but still pulled a gun on him and beat him with a flashlight.

      His poor judgement in this case, leads me to question his professional judgement, since at the time he was on duty. He was acting in the capacity of a police officer when this occurred.

  • golfingirl

    When you break the very laws you are paid to enforce, it is time to go.

    His behavior was not only “unprofessional,” it was criminal.

  • Art Kuttler

    he was invited to visit by the daughter and the mother new they where next door at the rental property the dad refused to meet Joe numerous times his daughter has been at my house numerous times and you know what I never hit her in the head or pulled a gun on her

  • Oneday67

    “He said she invited him over that night, but told him to park at a nearby business and walk the few hundred feet to the house.”

    Enough said.

  • shadow

    This idiot needs to be tried and jailed. Like most cops he’s a potential liability to his employer….the lawsuit will set the taxpayers back a million for sure. What a loser.

  • bigmacky

    hmm he takes indefinite family medical leave – is this justified? is he sick? or is he avoiding a suspension without pay? because on medical leave he still gets paid and I would tender the notion that he is filing for retirement – disability is my first guess. he was in the wrong for sure and the blame isn’t all his – just the majority of it. I really have no use for a person wearing a uniform with a chip on their shoulder – don’t they realize they are servants of the public and there is no place for those who act like they are 10 feet tall just because of a badge?

    • golfingirl

      His “family medical leave” was due to the fact his possible future son-in-law was brutally attacked by a maniac, him!

  • Joseph

    first things first read the article better the sergeant has had a career largely without problems. I know what those problems were. the victim has been over the deputy sheriffs house before even met his wife, lovely woman. the victim stood no chance. the victim was also told that he was welcome back to the residence at any time. the victim was having no sexual relations with the sheriff’s daughter. people can have their own opinions but I know the truth. in reality this kind of circumstances happen all the time and I hope no one goes through what the victim went through. now the victim has to live in fear that the sheriff is going to finish what he started. but with God on his side he cannot lose. all the sheriff had to do was sincerely apologize in show remorse to the victim. what no the very next day the sheriff’s daughter called the victim, and challenged the victim to charge or sue. Full steam ahead. I hope people read through the sherrifs lies