- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) - Prosecutors will not appeal the dismissal of a case alleging a Utah sheriff fired an unloaded rifle at his deputy, then fired the officer in retaliation for reporting the incident.

The Deseret News reports the Utah attorney general’s office says San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge, as part of a deal, admitted he inadvertently aimed his gun at his deputy, Todd Bristol, near a gun range.

Eldredge will take gun safety and de-escalation training with the attorney general’s office as part of the deal.

Spencer Austin, the attorney general’s chief criminal deputy, says Eldredge would not have been charged if he had remembered the mistake earlier in the case and addressed it then.

Eldredge originally was charged with witness retaliation, obstruction of justice, official misconduct and reckless endangerment.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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