Whitfield County sheriff’s Maj. John Gibson says the deputy was placed on leave Friday after a routine check of area pawn shops revealed a shotgun and a rifle the deputy had been issued were pawned in Dalton.
Gibson tells The Daily Citizen that the pawn shop owner has been cooperative and isn’t under investigation.
Gibson a criminal investigation into the matter is also ongoing. He said the sheriff’s office will ask District Attorney Bert Poston to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
Gibson said the internal investigation will likely be complete within a week.
___ Information from: The Daily Citizen.