WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A sheriff’s deputy suspended – after an internal affairs investigation concluded he threatened to shoot his daughter’s boyfriend.
The incident was caught on surveillance video.
The details of the case are spelled out in a PBSO Internal Affairs report.
When he was asked to explain his actions, the deputy told Internal Affairs he made “a bad decision.”
Surveillance video from a Cricket Wireless store – in June of last year – tells part of the story.
“You know me, right, bro? Go back over there. Sit down!” says PBSO Deputy Javier Lasso in the surveillance video as he enters the store.
According to the Internal Affairs investigation report – issued in March of this year – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Javier Lasso didn’t approve of his daughter’s boyfriend. While off-duty and in uniform with a gun Deputy Lasso went to the store where his daughter’s boyfriend worked and threatened to shoot him.
“I want to tell you this one more time. Stop seeing my daughter. Copy that? Is that a no?” said Deputy Lasso in the video.
“I don’t think it’s up to you, bro,” the daughter’s boyfriend said.
“It is up to me, brother. Listen. Last chance. If you keep doing it, I’m gonna blow your f—ing head off. Okay? Okay?” said Deputy Lasso.
“Alright,” the daughter’s boyfriend said.
“And your Mom’s as well. I know where you guys live,” the Deputy said.
The deputy then walked out of the store while his daughter’s boyfriend remained behind the counter.
According to the Internal Affairs report, “Deputy Lasso said he used this opportunity to remove his daughter from the relationship.” The report quotes the deputy as saying that he made “a bad decision” and accepted full responsibility for his actions and provided an apology to all involved.
PBSO issued a statement to CBS12 News—it says in part:
“The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust. We investigated the allegations against Deputy Sheriff Javier Lasso and found him to be in violation, as sustained in the paperwork you have received. He has been disciplined.”
The report from last March shows PBSO suspended the deputy for four weeks without pay.
It also indicates that the deputy’s daughter and her boyfriend did not want the case prosecuted.
The state attorney ultimately did not file charges.
A sheriff’s office spokesperson says Deputy Lasso has served the four-week suspension and is back at work. She said he did not wish to comment for this story.