A request for a summons for a Washington County sheriff’s deputy and a man he reportedly fought with last weekend are on hold as the investigation continues, officials said.
Sheriff Larry Mincks said rather than filing misdemeanor charges, officers are attempting to build a case that will be presented to a grand jury for possible felony indictment.
Detective Mark Tilton, 39, of Lowell, was accused March 21 of assaulting Andrew S. Mahoney, 39, of Lowell, after an argument.
Officers said Mahoney had been drinking and was in possession of a firearm.
Initially, officers requested misdemeanor summonses for assault and having a weapon while intoxicated.
Mincks said the argument was likely related to an internal affairs investigation that was the result of domestic violence charges filed against Tilton in February. He said Mahoney was asked to provide information for that investigation.
Mincks declined to say what possible felony charges are being examined in the investigation.
“We feel there is probably enough for felony indictments for both men,” Mincks said.
Tilton, a seven-year veteran officer, has been on military leave since September. He has been preparing a unit for deployment to Iraq.
Tilton has pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charges. No court date has been set.