- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

RUPERT, Idaho (AP) - A former Minidoka County deputy who ran for county sheriff is facing felony charges of burglary and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Darrell James Broner was arrested Saturday, The Times-News reported (https://bit.ly/18FyJXK ).

Authorities say Broner, 51, went to the home of Minidoka County sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Guy Kindig, knocked on the door and, after a brief conversation, punched Kindig and broke his nose. Broner then entered Kindig’s home, authorities said without providing a possible reason for what happened.

An Idaho State Police officer arrived, according to court records, and reported “two large groups of blood on the floor inside the front door.” The officer also noted blood spots on Kindig’s shirt and boxer shorts.

Kindig identified Broner and said the two were former co-workers at the sheriff’s office.

Broner was arrested later with what police said was blood on his pants and more blood visible in his 2000 Jeep Wrangler. The jeep and clothing were seized as evidence.

Broner was being held in the Mini-Cassia Criminal Detention Center with bail set at $50,000. He’s scheduled to appear in court Dec. 17.

In July 2013, Broner applied to be appointed as sheriff after the former sheriff, Kevin Halverson, resigned. His resignation came as part of a plea deal after he was charged with felony misuse of public funds by a public official.

Eric Snarr was appointed the new sheriff, and Broner ran against him unsuccessfully in the May Republican primary.


Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com

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