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Three law enforcement officers resign following suspect assault

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL. (WTVM) -- The three officers accused of assaulting a tased and handcuffed suspect over the weekend are no longer with law enforcement.

Russell County deputies Kirby Dollar and Tim Watford, along with Phenix City police officer Rachael Hauser, have been on administrative leave without pay since the weekend assault.

Thursday Hauser resigned and the two deputies also stepped down.

"I think they had the feeling they'd probably be terminated and they just came in and turned in their resignation," said Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell said.

42 year old Tim Watford worked in the patrol division of the Russell County Sheriff's Department for five and a half years. 37 year old deputy Kirby Dollar is a three-year veteran, assigned to drug investigations.

Boswell told News Leader Nine, "My first reaction is they did the right thing. They came in and tendered their resignation knowing they caused this department problems and I was glad to see that."

Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell says their internal investigation into the assault of handcuffed suspect Patrick Harrington is nearly complete, but before any action could be taken, Boswell says the two deputies decided to leave the sheriff's office, "Kirby came in and spoke to me, I didn't see Tim Watford. Kirby came in, gave me his resignation and told me he was sorry for what he had done and what he'd done to embarrass the department."

Boswell adds everyone in his department is saddened by this series of events, "Both of these guys were great employees up until that point. I feel real bad for them but that's it. But I'm also sad about it for the department. Russell County Sheriff's Department is better than that and I'm afraid that might hurt our reputation and we don't want that, we don't like that. And third, it just wasn't the right thing to do and we like to always do the right thing."

 
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