Records: Deputy accused of shooting teen given four-day leave

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COLUMBUS – Personnel records show a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy was placed on administrative leave from January 18 until today – a four-day period after the deputy was accused of fatally shooting a 16-year old outside a juvenile courtroom.

The records show Deputy Richard Scarborough could return to work as early as Tuesday but it was unclear if he would do so, according to the records.

Documents included as part of an open records request filed by 10 Investigates show that Scarborough was to remain on paid administrative leave pending a debriefing with a psychologist. If he is unable to return to normal duties Tuesday, he’ll have to use sick time, the records note.

Authorities said the shooting last Wednesday was the result of an altercation between the teen and the deputy. The family of 16-year old Joseph Haynes has told a very different account, stating that the teen was coming to the aid of his mother when he was shot.

Haynes' aunt, Rianne Dotson gave this statement to 10TV last week:

"The deputy grabbed ahold of my sister, and that's when Joey freaked out. And he told the deputy, 'Get your hands off my mom, get your hands off my mom.' Joey didn't jump on his back or nothing, he just touched him on his shoulder. 'Get your hands off my mom.' Well, they end up getting into a little struggle, whatever. My mom and my sister was trying to get in to calm Joey down. That's when the deputy ended up getting knocked down."

Haynes was in court for a hearing Wednesday. He was already on probation and under electronic monitoring for a charge of carrying a concealed weapon from 2017 when he was charged with aggravated menacing in November for allegedly pointing a gun at two people.

Dotson described him this way:

"He really wasn't a bad kid at all. He really wasn't," said Haynes' aunt, Rianne Dotson. "He was a sweet boy."

The Fraternal Order of Police gave a different account last week:

"(The deputy) responded, came in there, and was violently attacked by multiple people," said FOP Vice President Keith Ferrell. "I was with this deputy. He does have injuries that are visible. I'm not a doctor. But it was very clear to me in my experience that he was attacked. And this was a fight for his life at some point. He was assaulted, and obviously, at some point, he felt there was a risk for his life and everyone else in that courtroom."

The personnel records obtained by 10 Investigates also show Deputy Richard Scarborough began work with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in 2008 after working for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office for nearly a decade.

Deputy Richard Scarborough’s annual performance evaluation from 2016 notes that he was rated as “above expectations” in the categories of personal appearance, team/effort cooperation and directing/coordinating behavior of others.

This quote was written next to the category of “directing/coordinating behavior of others”:

“Deputy Scarborough is able to direct inmates in a safe and secure manner; taking responsibility for inmates under his control. He utilizes CIT well and always remains calm.”

As a deputy assigned to corrections who later transferred into working the courts, Scarborough was also noted as “meeting expectations” when it comes to the category listed as “dealing with demanding situations.”

The following quotes were written next to the category of “dealing with demanding situations”:

From his 2016 evaluation:

“Deputy Scarborough is able to handle situations appropriately and deals well with demanding situations. He does not get out of control.”

From his 2015 evaluation:

“Deputy Scarborough demonstrates self-control when dealing with difficult situations and individuals. Deputy Scarborough is very safety conscious.”

A 2014 annual performance evaluation did not appear in the documents provided to 10 Investigates. 10 Investigates is not sure why and has asked administrators about this. There is also a June 2014 memo that states that Scarborough was not permitted to carry his off-duty weapon. The letter does not provide any additional context or follow-up memos. 10 Investigates has asked about this as well.

From his 2013 evaluation:

“Deputy Scarborough effectively handles demanding situations.”

From his 2012 evaluation:

“Deputy maintains self-control and situational awareness while in a demanding situation or incident.”

From his 2011 evaluation:

“Demonstrates control of himself and others in trying situations.”

From his 2010 evaluation:

"Deputy handles himself well and maintains control in high-stress situations.”

The Franklin County sheriff’s office confirms Scarborough went through Critical Incident Training in 2015.