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Johnson County deputy faces domestic assault charges

Updated: 2013-12-06T23:56:17Z


The Kansas City Star

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with pointing a gun at his wife during a disturbance that led to a police standoff Thursday in Gardner.

Ethan Scott Moss was charged in Johnson County District Court with a felony count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery and five counts of misdemeanor criminal restraint.

Moss, 40, was arrested Thursday after a standoff of several hours. Police said he refused to come out of a residence in the 32500 block of West 174th Terrace after officers were called to investigate a domestic disturbance.

The woman and four children younger than 18 were in the house at the time. The restraint charges stem from Moss allegedly not allowing them to leave during the standoff.

The sheriff’s office said Moss is a six-year veteran and is now on administrative leave.

He made his first court appearance Friday. His bond was set at $50,000.

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