Three Sheriff's Office Employees Caught Up In Confiscated Weapons Scandal

May 10, 2012

Three employees in the Fayette County Sheriff’s office face charges in a scandal involving confiscated guns that were pawned. 

Sergeant Merle McDaniel, former Sergeant Bill Beers and Major Chris Tudor are accused of stealing firearms from the department’s evidence room and selling some of the weapons to a local pawn broker.  At a press conference Thursday, Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt said as soon as it was learned what the three had done, her department took swift action.

McDaniel is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking; Beers is charged with three counts of theft for failing to make required disposition; and Tudor is charged with official misconduct.

Beers has resigned. McDaniel and Tudor have been suspended without pay.