Updated: Sep 22, 2022
A Fairfield County Sheriff's Office deputy and two corrections officers lost their jobs after they were caught on jail surveillance cameras last July wrestling with inmates in the men's pod area.
Deputy Shawn Pettet, 27, and corrections officer Landon Talbott, 20, resigned at their disciplinary hearings. Talbott is the nephew of Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert. Corrections officer Kyle Archibald, 28, was fired following his hearing.
(Pictured from left to right are Shawn Pettet, Landon Talbott and Kyle Archibald)
In the video, you can see a female corrections officer watching the matches which got underway around 11:30 p.m. Her name is Kayla Doss. She was placed on administrative leave for failing to report the July 21 incident.
Fairfield County Sheriff's Office deputy and corrections officers caught on surveillance cameras wrestling with inmates inside of the jail. Video courtesy of FCSO.
Sheriff Alex Lape tells The Sussi Report that his office presented the case to the Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor's office, according to Sheriff Lape, didn't find anything criminal about the wrestling matches so it declined to press charges. Sheriff Lape says his office then conducted an internal investigation.
"It was ridiculous and unacceptable behavior," says Sheriff Lape.
The wrestling matches were also potentially dangerous.
They wrestled on a cement floor with no mats or padding. Can you imagine if one of the participants had struck their head on the floor? Or if an inmate had been injured? It was a litigious time bomb ready to explode.
At one point in the surveillance video, you can see four inmates in the area, with just one corrections officer watching a match. We're talking about inmates with aggravated assault, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and weapons charges. Nothing would have stopped them if they wanted to assault the deputy and corrections officers or, for that matter, take over the jail that night.
Sheriff Lape says the employees' union, the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, filed a grievance, and this matter will soon go to an arbitration hearing.
Sheriff Lape says the inmates who participated or watched were not punished because they didn't violate any rules.
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