Seminole County deputies fired after internal investigation into traffic stop

Christopher Clutter, Erik Ducharme hire attorneys

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SANFORD, Fla. - Two Seminole County sheriff's deputies fired following an internal investigation into a traffic stop in Sanford have hired attorneys.

Christopher Clutter and Erik Ducharme were fired Monday following an investigation into a stop in Sanford on May 19 for a seat belt violation. The sheriff's report says Clutter swore at the driver and wielded a shotgun and stun gun.

The incident was captured on video, but it's not known if the driver and passenger cooperated.  They were both dragged from the car and Clutter fired his stun gun without warning, officials said.

Several deputies who were in the line of fire told investigators they were concerned about their safety because of Clutter's "carelessness" in handling the weapons.

The investigation found Clutter lied on a report and that Ducharme falsified a report and failed to use a microphone during the stop, which is a sheriff's office requirement.

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