Five Midland County Deputies Suspended with Pay after Incident in Round Rock

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - Five Midland County Sheriff's Deputies have been suspended with pay after an alleged incident at a Central Texas restaurant.

Round Rock Police were called out to a Twin Peaks restaurant on Monday night.

A 911 caller told a dispatcher there was "something strange" going on and they needed to get out there.

At the restaurant and bar, police found a waitress in the parking lot with five Midland County Sheriff's Deputies.

According to the incident report, the deputies handed over a rifle to the woman and she was posing with it.

The deputies were in Central Texas for training, but during the night out were snapping pictures of the woman holding the gun.

Round Rock Police confiscated the camera, but aren't releasing any of those photos.

And while it may only seem inappropriate, the deputies may face disorderly conduct charges.

So far no criminal charges have been filed.

Round Rock Police did not return our calls on Wednesday afternoon.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter would only say it's under investigation and couldn't comment further.

The Williams County Attorney was looking into the case on Wednesday, but it will be handed over to the District Attorney who is out of town and unavailable for questions.

According to a release from Sheriff Painter, the deputies will remain on paid suspension pending the outcome of the Round Rock investigation and an internal affairs investigation.

NewsWest9 will continue to follow any new developments.