HENDRY COUNTY, Fla.- A Clewiston police officer is accused of attacking, beating, and threatening a Hendry County deputy.
According to a police report, 47-year-old Fernando Herrera attacked an off-duty deputy who was in an unmarked car at a Shell gas station off State Road 80.
The report states Herrera punched the victim with a closed fist repeatedly and made remarks about a gun in his truck and burning the victim’s house down with him inside of it. The incident happened Nov. 29, Herrera is now charged with two felonies of aggravated assault and battery of a police officer.
The Clewiston police chief tells WINK News that the two men worked for the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) at the same time before Herrera became an officer at the Clewiston Police Department.
HCSO says the victim can’t be identified for safety reasons.
“Currently right now, the entire case is still under investigation, could be pending additional charges,” said HCSO Captain Susan Harrelle.
“It indicates there was some driving or motivating factor there, and that’s what our internal investigation is set up to uncover, is what those motivations were,” said Clewiston Police Chief Don Gutshall.
Herrera was released from jail on $7,000 bond, he is now on paid administrative leave awaiting the results of the investigation.