Osceola County deputy arrested for allegedly attempting to help family evade arrest

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An Osceola County Sheriff's Office deputy was relieved of duty and arrested after authorities claim he tried to help a family member avoid arrest.

According to Sheriff Marcos Lopez, the former deputy Kevin Encarnacion gave instructions to his cousin on how to evade officers following a domestic violence call. Police were called to the home after Encarnacion's cousin allegedly threw a brick at his wife during an argument, shattering a window in their home. Lopez told reporters in a press conference that Encarnacion used OCSO equipment to call the man and walk him through steps to avoid going to jail. His advice included a recommendation to not answer the phone, in case police were using his cell phone to track him down.



“That is really bad because we have a victim of domestic violence who’s calling for our help,” Lopez said. “Now we have a guy who is in my uniform, using my equipment, trying to help his family member get away with a crime.”

Lopez added that domestic violence calls are frequently fraught and dangerous for responding officers. He said that Encarncion made the situation more dangerous.



"Our deputy — our former deputy, was putting our officers in danger because everyone knows that domestic violence is the number one [incident where officers] get killed," he shared.

Encarnacion is facing two felonies, accessory after the fact and official misconduct.



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