A San Bernardino County sheriff‘s deputy accused of flashing his badge and holding a gun to a tow-truck driver’s head while off duty is scheduled to appear in court today for a hearing that will determine if the case is ready for trial.
Richard Heverly, 42, who works at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, is charged with four felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, assault by a public officer, criminal threats and false imprisonment.
Heverly, who is scheduled to appear in court today for a trial-readiness conference, is accused of holding a gun to Roger Gilstrap’s head last August 10 and threatening to kill him.
Gilstrap, who was driving a tow truck that day, pulled over on Interstate 10 near Eagle Mountain when he noticed a big rig on fire, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant. Gilstrap was on his cell phone with the California Highway Patrol dispatch when Heverly pulled up next to Gilstrap in a red Dodge truck.
Heverly pulled out his badge and said, “This entitles me to do whatever the (expletive) I want,” according to the declaration.
He then said, “Deputy sheriff. Get off the (expletive) phone,” according to the declaration.
Heverly then grabbed the phone, pulled Gilstrap from the truck and improperly handcuffed the man’s right hand causing bruising and injury, according to the court document.
Heverly then drove the barrel of his 380 caliber semi-automatic firearm into Gilstrap’s ear, leaned in toward Gilstrap and stated, `I have a gun in your ear and I will kill you,” the documents state.
The deputy kept Gilstrap handcuffed until fire officials arrived on scene to put out the fire, according to the documents.
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