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Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Places Detective on Administrative Leave after being Informed of Criminal Investigation

Posted 5/17/2013 2:23 PM by MDGREGORY

On Monday May 13th, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich received information from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office regarding a criminal investigation of Spokane County Sheriff’s Detective Dale Toliver. Lincoln County advised Toliver was suspected of committing an assault near Odessa, WA early Sunday morning.

Early Tuesday morning Toliver was placed on paid administrative leave per Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Policy.

Independent of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office internal investigation has begun into this incident to determine if Toliver’s actions violated policies of the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Knezovich was informed Toliver has made arrangements through his attorney to surrender to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 1:30 p.m. today where he will face felony charges of Assault 2nd Degree DV and Assault 2nd Degree.

Sheriff Knezovich stated “This incident will be investigated. If the allegations are proven, the appropriate actions will be taken. There is no room for this type of conduct within the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.”

Questions regarding the criminal investigation should be directed to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Kelly Watkins.

Sheriff Knezovich will be available for comments this afternoon after 2:30 p.m.