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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich calls assault allegations "dirty politics"

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Dirty politics, that's what Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is calling an assault that was recently filed against him.

"This has been the worst political campaign I've ever seen," says Knezovich.

David Wiyrick, the alleged victim, says this all happened last Thursday at a question and answer session with the sheriff at the northwest community center. He says a disagreement on certain issues turned into a heated argument and assault in the parking lot.

"He came out and he got into my face and right into my face," says Wiyrick. "And that's unacceptable, you know, he's the sheriff, he's the leading law enforcement in the county, he's the top law enforcement officer."

Wiyrick says after the question and answer session, he left and was heading to his car. That's when he says the Sheriff approached him. Wiyrick called him a liar, and said that he wasn't being truthful to voters.

However, Sheriff Knezovich tells a similar story with different details. Knezovich says Wiyrick is apart of a group that's been harassing him throughout his campaign, and he waited inside the community center until Wiyrick and the others left. But when the sheriff left the building, he says Wiyrick and others were waiting for him.

Both men say they got into each other's faces, but where Wiyrick says the sheriff pushed him, the sheriff says it was the other way around.

Knezovich says this is all dirty politics, telling KHQ that Wiyrick is a part of "Integrity First", an organization that supports sheriff candidate Doug Orr. Wiyrick denies associating with the organization, but admits to making monetary contributions to both Orr's campaign and "Integrity First".

"If I really assaulted him, why wouldn't he have pressed charges that night? That would have been big news," says Knezovich.

Doug Orr said he would not comment on the incident, only that he nor any of his campaign officials were there.

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