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Deputy on leave after drunken altercation near Banks

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A Washington County Sheriff's Office jail deputy is in trouble after allegedly getting into an altercation over the weekend near Banks.

The sheriff's office said the deputy has worked as a jail deputy for the last seven years at the Washington County Jail, and now he's under investigation.

FOX 12 has chosen not to release the name of the deputy involved at this time because he's not being charged with any crimes.

According to the sheriff's office, it was around 3 a.m. Sunday when deputies responded to a party on the 11000 block of Northwest Parson Road near Gales Creek.

Witnesses at the party said, for some reason, the deputy showed up drunk at the event, uninvited.

According to investigators, during the party, there was an altercation between the deputy and other people.

Those who were there say the deputy was acting belligerently.

"The amount of professionalism he displayed and his actions that night were nothing that I would expect to come out of any decent human being, period," said Jake, who was at the party that night and only gave his first name. 

During that altercation, officials said the deputy's personal handgun became separated from him, but no shots were fired.

Officials said a lot of the people at the party had been drinking, and there were several accounts of what exactly happened, but Angela says she remembers what she saw.

"I witnessed my partner being attacked, that's what I saw, and that's what I saw happen with my own eyes," said Angela, who also was at the party and only gave her first name.

Sheriff's officials said the deputy suffered some minor facial injuries during the altercation.

Meanwhile, Jake and Angela are trying to cope with what they saw.

"Officers in our community have a moral obligation to protect and serve, and when they deviate from that oath and abuse their power, that erodes the trust in the community," added Angela.

The Tualatin Police Department is investigating this incident.

The Washington County District Attorney's Office will determine whether any charges will be filed against anyone involved.

The sheriff's office plans to conduct its own internal investigation.

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