Clay County authorities have charged a former sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly threatened a girlfriend with his loaded service weapon during a domestic dispute.
Miles A. Guthrie, 22, of Liberty, was charged Thursday with felony unlawful use of a weapon and receiving stolen property.
Authorities fired Guthrie before his arrest Wednesday. He was being held Thursday in the Clay County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
“I am always disappointed when I read that a law enforcement officer has crossed the line and became a subject of an arrest,” said Sheriff Bob Boydston. “It is something we deal with, and we treat it exactly like any other citizen, but it is unfortunate this has occurred.”
Court records allege that Guthrie became upset with his girlfriend Nov. 18. As she was leaving for work that day, she realized she had left the car lights on and drained the battery. When she asked Guthrie for the battery charger, the two argued. As the argument grew, Guthrie allegedly threw her on a bed, grabbed his department-issued service weapon, a Glock 22 .40-caliber handgun, from a nightstand and pushed it into her face under her right eye.
He put a hand over her mouth and said, “If you ever leave me or try anything stupid, I’ll kill you,” court records allege.
After Guthrie let the woman up, she cried and Guthrie told her to gather herself, the records allege. She fixed her makeup and called Guthrie’s mother for a ride to work.
She did not come home after work. Guthrie left her a voice mail saying: “You better be coming home. If you are not home soon, I will be coming for you with my gun,” court records stated.
The woman said she did not report the abuse immediately because Guthrie was a law enforcement officer and she thought no one would believe her. She finally reported it Tuesday to another law enforcement agency.
Over the past three years, she was treated for other injuries allegedly caused by Guthrie, court records stated.
After the sheriff’s office learned about the incident, it referred the matter to its Office of Professional Standards to investigate.
At the time of the incident, Guthrie was a probationary employee assigned to the county jail. He had worked there about six months, Boydston said.
During the investigation of the domestic dispute, authorities also learned that Guthrie allegedly received a stolen dirt bike, according to authorities.