Three Deputies with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office have been relieved of duty after the October 18 incident in an interview room at the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

A suspect was held under suspicion of criminal activity by the Loveland Police Department.

The deputies were attempting to restrain the suspect.

Weld County Sheriff's Office Press Release reports that Deputy Paul Saunders punched the resisting suspect in the back of the head, this technique is neither instructed nor approved by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Saunders was in still training, and had only been employed since June 2019.

After the incident was reported, which was that day, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office immediately launched an internal investigation.

Weld County Sheriff's Office Press Release reports that Deputy Saunders was issued a summons for 3rd degree assault and was terminated from employment.

After an internal investigation, two other staff members (Deputy Todd Deutsch and Sergeant Scott Holmen) involved in the incident are no longer employed at the sheriff's office.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sherriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.

Source: Weld County Sheriff's Office Press Release