Wife of Spokane County Deputy placed on administrative leave speaks out - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wife of Spokane County Deputy placed on administrative leave speaks out

SPOKANE, Wash. - The wife of a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy placed on administrative leave after being arrested on an assault charge is speaking out. Kathy Litts says her husband, Deputy Tom Litts never hit her. Reached by telephone Thursday night Kathy Litts made this statement to KHQ:

In regards to the incident with my husband March 25th he did not physically assault nor attack me. He has never laid a finger on me. After an investigation conducted by Spokane Police Department I was personally informed on Friday April 3rd by Captain Goodwin of the Spokane County Sheriff's Department that he was not being charged. There would be no charges nor had any department policies been violated and he was being cleared of all charges at that time.

This statement follows an announcement made earlier Thursday by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office that Deputy Tom Litts had been involved in a domestic dispute with his wife at their home in late March and charged by summons with Fourth-Degree Assault.

When Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich found out about the pending misdemeanor arrest, he placed Litts on administrative leave as part of an ongoing investigation to determine if sheriff's office policy was violated.

After receiving a complaint from the deputy's wife, Medical Lake police requested investigative support from the sheriff's office, however the matter was referred to Spokane Police because the investigation involved a sheriff's office employee.

"The community has to know that we continue to hold our employees to the highest standards of conduct," Sheriff Knezovich said Thursday.  "In order to maintain public confidence that the complaint was fairly and impartially investigated, I referred Medical Lake's request to the SPD."

Litts will be working non-patrol duties until the matter is resolved.

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