OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities arrested a former sheriff’s office employee following an investigation into an alleged incident with an inmate while he was on the clock.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident between a former jail supervisor and an inmate that occurred earlier this week.
Following an alleged assault, investigators reviewed video surveillance and reviewed employee incident reports.
Officials determined 29-year-old Joseph Hedderman, the jail supervisor, shot the inmate in the face with a Piexon JPX Jet Protector (pepper spray gel), and while the inmate was incapacitated by the irritant, Hedderman kicked the inmate in the chest.
The department’s Special Investigations Unit interviewed Hedderman on Friday.
Following the interview, Hedderman was immediately terminated. He was also arrested on a complaint of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and a misdemeanor complaint of assault.
“We will not tolerate this sort of behavior,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff PD Taylor. “Just as soon as we realized what had occurred, we started an investigation, and moved quickly to fire this former employee.”
Hedderman had been employed by the sheriff’s office for over 10 years.