A recommendation to terminate a 38-year member of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is scheduled for a two-day hearing early next month.
The Sheriff’s Merit Board is tentatively scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. April 1 and 2 at the Bartholomew County Jail to determine, among other matters, whether Deputy Robbie Amos, 59, should be fired.
Merit board attorney Cynthia Boll said both Sheriff Mark Gorbett and Amos have until March 27 to request that the hearing, which is open to the public, be postponed in order to have more time to prepare their respective cases.
However, Boll added no request for a continuance has been made.
Gorbett requested Amos’ termination after a Feb. 18 incident in which a plastic simulation bullet fired from Amos’ training weapon struck Hartsville Town Marshal A.J. Ross in the thigh.
Ross was not injured during the incident, which took place after a training exercise involving an active-shooter scenario.
Gorbett claims the shooting was intentional, while Amos contends it was an accident.
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