NORTH TONAWANDA, NY (WIVB) — An Erie County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested on Memorial Day after an alleged domestic dispute at his home with his teenage son.
Deputy Marc Scarpace was arrested on charges of third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and fourth-degree gun possession.
According to attorney Peter Todoro, who represents Scarpace, an altercation took place between Scarpace and his 17-year-old son, with Scarpace’s son picking up an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun.
Todoro says Scarpace took the gun from his son to confirm that the gun was not loaded and that Scarpace’s son was never in danger. Todoro says prior to the incident, Scarpace was grilling in the backyard.
Scarpace, who has already been charged, pleaded not guilty.
Todoro says Scarpace is an ECSO veteran with more than a decade of experience.
North Tonawanda police say they cannot talk about the alleged incident, due to a departmental policy not to talk about domestic incidents.
A spokesperson for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying:
“The Sheriff’s Office was notified of his arrest, and Sheriff Garcia placed Mr. Scarpace on immediate unpaid administrative leave. The Professional Standards Division leads the administrative investigation. You must contact the detention service for the criminal investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office is bound by collective bargaining agreements for personnel discipline.”
According to the Teamsters Local 264 website, Scarpace is a trustee for the union. Scarpace is due to appear in court again on June 29.
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