CENTER, TX (KTRE) – A fight on the steps of the Shelby County Sheriff's office Thursday afternoon cost two deputies their job. One of the fired deputies claims he was attacked.
"I told Desmond (McDaniel) that if he didn't quit talking to me the way he was talking to me, then we're going to have problems. He lunged at me," said former Shelby County Deputy Kevin Gratehouse.
An argument over a finger printing kit is what former Gratehouse said sparked a fight on the steps of the sheriff's office. Gratehouse and Captain Desmond McDaniel were fired on the spot. He said it's not fair.
"I feel disappointed," said Gratehouse. "I wish the sheriff had done an investigation rather than immediately just take some action."
He claims he never threw a punch. He showed us large bruises covering his forearm.
"All I could do was put my hands up and try to block punches like this," he said.
Gratehouse said McDaniel beat him, while another deputy, who was not fired, maced his face.
"I tried wiping the pepper spray off, but there was just so much," he said. "They just kept spraying me."
With a security camera just feet away, Gratehouse was hoping it would capture what he claims happened. Authorities say it didn't catch the incident.
Gratehouse is trying to file assault charges against McDaniel and the other deputy. While Center Police investigate the allegations, Gratehouse said his bruises, cuts and scraps are a reminder of the fight that cost him his job.
"I definitely felt like I was attacked. You can look at my injuries," said Gratehouse.
Former Captain Desmond McDaniel declined to comment until he hires a lawyer.