The State Law Enforcement Division has arrested a former Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputy for misconduct in office, connected to missing guns.
The deputy facing charges, Brandon Belton, was fired this month after three years on the force. SLED investigated Fairfield Sheriff’s Department charges that he misplaced an automatic M-4 rifles, ammunition, a shotgun and some biohazard equipment.
The sheriff’s office reports Belton showed up for training without the weapons and equipment. That day he was fired and SLED was called in. He gave different accounts of where the guns might be, according to investigators, including the allegation that a drug dealer stole them from his open trunk while he stepped away from his car.
Belton has been charged with misconduct in office and breach of trust with fraudulent intent.