Pinellas County Deputy boasts online, “Nothing Like Almost Shooting Someone to Set Your Head Right”

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A Florida sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after a photo surfaced of him boasting about almost shooting someone to “set [his] head right.”

The Snapchat photo, which was posted June 25, shows Deputy Austen Callus, 23, sitting in a vehicle in plain clothes. The caption read, “Nothing like almost shooting someone to set your head right lol. God I gate people with knives.” It is assumed that “gate” was a typo of the word “hate.” The incident he was referring to was a domestic violence call involving a knife.

On Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired Callus, a patrol deputy, saying that the photo raised doubts about Callus’ mindset when he’s out on the job. Full Story »

Eustis police officer accused of waving gun at woman in road-rage incident

EUSTIS, Fla. – A Eustis police officer is off the job, accused of waving her gun at another woman in a fit of road rage.

Deputies said it happened in a beauty shop parking lot in the 7000 block of West Colonial Drive.

It’s not the first time Senior Officer Theresa Graham has been accused of using a weapon during an altercation.

Graham was cleared of any wrongdoing in the past incident, but she’s now on administrative leave.

A woman parked in front of Evelyn’s Hair Creations said the off-duty officer laid on her horn in a fit of road rage earlier this month before pulling out a gun as the victim tried to wave her around the victim’s parked car.

According to the arrest report, “Theresa Graham pulled her car next to the victim’s car where the two of them exchanged words,” and the victim told deputies that’s when Graham “put her car in park, reached into her glove box, removed a black handgun and pointed the gun at the victim and the witness.”

According to the report, Graham told deputies the other driver was holding an unknown object” and she got out her gun “to protect herself.”

She claims she never removed the weapon from the holster or pointed it in the direction of the victim, the report said.

It’s not the first time Graham has been investigated for actions involving a gun.

In 2009, she fired two shots at a suspect at a Eustis Dollar Tree store when he grabbed her agency-issued stun gun and used it on her during a domestic disturbance call she was investigating.

Eustis police could not say whether the gun used in the road-rage incident was Graham’s agency-issued weapon.

She has been with the department since 2006, and was recently honored for saving a man’s life with CPR.