Deputy who shot teenager in courthouse had good work record
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deputy who fatally shot a teenage boy during a scuffle outside a juvenile courtroom had received consistently good marks for work habits, according to a copy of his personnel file released Monday.
Deputy Richard Scarborough “does not get out of control,” said a note for the most recent evaluation for the Franklin County sheriff’s office employee in 2016. Scarborough met or exceeded expectations for dealing with demanding situations since his hiring 10 years ago, according to the file, which was released through an open records request.
Scarborough was on paid administrative leave from Thursday until Monday. Authorities said Scarborough fatally shot 16-year-old Joseph Haynes after an “altercation” broke out when he was escorting the boy and his mother from a juvenile courtroom on Jan. 17.
Haynes died a few minutes later at a nearby hospital. His grandmother has said the deputy should have used a stun gun. The local police union representing the deputy says he was fighting for his life.
Scarborough was assigned to a security detail on the fifth floor of the county juvenile court. He was treated at a hospital for injuries to his face.
In 2014, Scarborough failed to qualify at the sheriff’s office training academy using an off-duty firearm and was not permitted to carry the weapon, a note in his personnel file says.
That year Scarborough unsuccessfully tried switching to a road deputy job before requesting a transfer back to jail duty. In a brief memo he said the job was much different than he anticipated.
Scarborough received a commendation in 2016 for helping find a homeless inmate a place to stay on his release and a wheelchair to replace one police had compounded. He was commended in 2012 and 2014 for catching arrestees trying to smuggle drugs into jail.
Before moving to Columbus, Scarborough worked for the Hamilton County sheriff’s office in Cincinnati from 1999 through 2008.