Former Shelby deputy indicted for part in fight

By Jena Johnson - email

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County grand jury has indicted a former deputy for assault of a peace officer. Desmond McDaniel is accused of attacking a deputy during a June fistfight on the steps of the sheriff's office, according to Kevin Windham, chief investigator of the Shelby County District Attorney's office.

Sheriff Newton Johnson said in a previous report that he fired McDaniel and Kevin Gratehouse within three minutes of the fight.

In a previous interview, Gratehouse said McDaniel attacked him after he refused to lend McDaniel his fingerprinting kit.

Windham said the Center Police Department investigated Gratehouse's allegations. He said the Texas Ranger's office assisted in the investigation.

Assault of a peace officer is a third degree felony.

Sheriff Newton Johnson said he would serve a warrant to McDaniel as soon as one had been written by the district clerk's office.

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