Former Holiday Island deputy charged with terroristic threatening, battery
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- A former Carroll County Sheriff's deputy who worked the Holiday Island beat was booked into jail last Friday for felony first-degree terroristic threatening and misdemeanor third-degree battery.
Troy Allen Walker, 46, of Holiday Island, allegedly brandished a gun and threatened to kill a female acquaintance by putting a bullet in her head while the couple quarreled about a text message she had received.
Records show Walker was employed with the sheriff's office five days prior to the alleged incident. He had resigned his post on Aug. 29.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by a state police investigator, the argument reportedly began while the couple were on their way home from a pub in Missouri where they had been drinking together.
The alleged victim claimed Walker hit her several times and threatened to kill her if she said anything to anyone.
The affidavit says the complainant came to the sheriff's office on Sept. 8 to report the offenses that reportedly took place the weekend before.
Based on the information provided and visual observation of bandages and a large bruise, a warrant for the arrest of Walker was issued and he was booked into jail at 3:18 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. On Monday he appeared before Judge Scott Jackson, who released him on his own recognizance.
According to Sheriff Bob Grudek, Walker had been in law enforcement since 1999 and came to the sheriff's office two years ago from Boone County, where he worked as an investigator for the sheriff there.
Grudek said Walker was one of two deputies assigned to Holiday Island.
"We have a contract with Holiday Island to provide two deputies," he said. "For the most part, he was patrolling Holiday Island when not needed elsewhere. His primary responsibility was patrolling Holiday Island."
Grudek said Walker, along with patrol deputy Jennifer Sibley, worked out of a Holiday Island office that Tom Dees provides rent-free.
Walker had taken on a second job at the Berryville radio station, Grudek said, and resigned from his sheriff's job Aug. 29 without giving notice.
Grudek said he was on vacation at the time and returned to find Walker gone.
He said there is a vacancy at Holiday Island and he's looking for someone with law enforcement experience to fill the post -- either a new hire or someone from within the sheriff's office.
He said the allegations against Walker were investigated by state police at his request.
"It's sad when it happens to someone who was one of us," he said. "We are all human. We'll let the courts take care of it."