Fired from his job, Jake Preston Dooley, 22, of Marshall, faces criminal charges of falsely invoking law enforcement and obstruction of justice, Sheriff Mosier said in a press release just after 7 p.m.
Twenty-four hours earlier, a passerby found Deputy Dooley, a first-year animal control officer, upside down and allegedly unconscious at Old Waterloo and Wilson Roads.
The deputy told investigators that someone yelled before an object thrown by a passing black SUV hit him in the head, according to the sheriff’s office. He left Fauquier Hospital after treatment at around 11pm on Friday.
In a video posted to Facebook on Friday night, Sheriff Mosier strongly advised Deputy Dooley’s attackers to call his office and organize the surrender.
But, in the hours that followed, the situation changed.
As of Saturday morning, “detectives thoroughly and vigorously investigated the allegation and determined that the incident reported by the deputy was false,” the sergeant said. James Harman said in the press release on Saturday night. “Immediate steps were taken and Sheriff Mosier relieved the deputy of the charge.”
Detective John B. Thorpe filed criminal charges against the deputy. A magistrate on Saturday night released the deputy on an unsecured bond of $ 10,000, but “he will be transported to a regional facility for a mental health evaluation,” Sgt. Hartman said.
“Sometimes bad things happen to good organizations,” said Sheriff Mosier. “We really regret that this has happened, but we find a great deal of comfort in the knowledge that our community understands and supports law enforcement in Fauquier County.”
After news of the alleged attack broke out Friday night, the sheriff’s office received “tremendous support” from the community, the sheriff said.
“We recognize the support of our citizens, family and law enforcement partners, local government, news organizations and corporate community partners,” said Sheriff Mosier. “The support in the form of messages, food, rewards offers and other things were overwhelming. That support makes it even more difficult, but know that your sheriff will always do the right thing. “
The press release continued: “One of the objectives of the sheriff’s office is to ensure that the integrity of the agency is maintained through an internal system where objectivity, fairness, and justice are ensured through intensive investigation and review and impartial. Due to our dedication to our profession and determination to find the truth, this matter has been resolved.
Brett090 July 11, 2020 at 10:08 pm
Sheriff Bob Mosier once again showed tremendous leadership in taking swift and decisive action. Unfortunately, no organization or individual can predict the path or intentions of another individual after the initial background is completed and the comprehensive psychological evaluation is conducted. This clearly is not a reflection of the hard work, tradition, and integrity of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.