- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) - Two Louisiana men seeking charges of aggravated assault against an off-duty sheriff’s deputy with will have to pursue lesser charges of simple assault in a lower court, a Mississippi judge has ruled.

Swill Charles of Zachary and Derrick Deamer of Baton Rouge say Amite County deputy Danny Meaux pulled a gun on them June 3.

The Enterprise-Journal reports Meaux (http://bit.ly/1rnZgkw) was working security at an oil well when he says he saw an oilfield wastewater truck run a vehicle off the road. Meaux gave chase and pulled his gun.

Mississippi law requires a probable cause hearing before charging a deputy. Wednesday, Amite County Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson ruled that doesn’t apply because Meaux was off duty.

Johnson also ruled against aggravated assault charges because there were no injuries.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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