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Deputy suspended for bar fight

A man says the deputy, who has been suspended before, punched him. The deputy is out for three days, unpaid.

By LINDA GIBSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2001


TAMPA -- A Hillsborough sheriff's deputy suspended three years ago for shooting an unarmed motorist has been suspended for involvement in a bar fight.

Deputy Christopher Madiedo, 26, has been suspended for three days without pay for conduct unbecoming a deputy. A sheriff's disciplinary review board had recommended 10 days, but Sheriff Cal Henderson reduced it.

According to an internal affairs report, Madiedo and three friends had finished pitchers of beer at the Tiny Tap Tavern on Morrison Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 2.

A customer asked Madiedo the name of a woman he thought he had seen Madiedo talking to earlier in the night and who drove off after hitting a car in the parking lot, the man told investigators.

Madiedo denied knowing her and pulled out his badge, the man said. When the man reached for the badge, he told investigators, Madiedo punched him.

Madiedo told investigators that the man hit him, that he never displayed his badge and that he punched the man in retaliation.

Investigators sustained three violations against Madiedo: misdemeanor battery, misuse of identification while consuming alcoholic beverages and untruthfulness.

Madiedo contested the findings in a six-page memo. He has been suspended three times and reprimanded twice since being hired in 1996.

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