Harford Deputy Sentenced to Anger Management, Community Service for Firing Weapon

The deputy shot at a vehicle after it hit his unmarked patrol car and the driver tried to flee the scene.

Deputy Christoher Behles was sentenced to five years with five years suspended.
Deputy Christoher Behles was sentenced to five years with five years suspended.

A Harford County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment Tuesday for firing his weapon after a confrontation with a driver last spring, according to a statement from the Harford County State's Attorney's Office.

Deputy Christopher Behles, 38, was off-duty on April 8 when a vehicle rear-ended his unmarked patrol car on Norrisville Road at White Hall Road; and when the driver tried to take off, he fired his service weapon, police said at the time.

Behles was sentenced to five years, with five years suspended, plus anger management, two years of probation, a $2,000 fine, $625 in court costs and 500 hours of community service, the statement said.

Last year after the charge was filed, Behles was suspended with pay, according to The Dagger.

Related: Harford Deputy Charged with Reckless Endangerment

Brynn April 08, 2014 at 03:07 PM
According to an article in The Sun, Mr. Innocent Citizen (William Redding Harvey, V, 33) was to be tried on charges of driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with an incorrect license plate. The criminal charges of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstructing and hindering police, and failure to obey a lawful order were dropped. This apparently confused the Assistant State’s Attorney regarding the charges, then there was an entry error in the court records, all which delayed the trial. He’ll be back on the street in no time. GREAT JOB HARFORD COUNTY LEGAL--another win for the criminal! Maybe we can score him a subsidized cellphone, so he can add texting while driving to his 'safety' record. Cop should’ve shot the POS.
Really? April 08, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Brynn, yes this person is a criminal. And yes he had broken laws. And will probably continue to break laws. But still, that does not justify firing a weapon at a vehicle. Reckless endangerment was the charge. By definition that is exactly what happend. Would I have done the same? Who knows. But I would have to pay the price for my actions. No exceptions should be considered. Guilty is guilty. Plain and simple. They both should be punished to the full extent of the law.
Steve D May 05, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Suspended with pay? He ought to have to pay it back now that he was found guilty.


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