BCSO deputy fired for outstanding 2018 warrant

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A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was fired Thursday after he was arrested for a 2018 warrant, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Officials discovered that 25-year-old Andre Phillip Winston was wanted on the charge of interference with an emergency telephone call during an audit of employees suspected of criminal misconduct.

The alleged incident is considered a misdemeanor and occurred Sept. 25, 2018, BCSO said.

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Sheriff Javier Salazar took “immediate action” and presented Winston with termination papers, a spokesperson with BCSO said. The deputy, who has been with BCSO since 2017, resigned in lieu of termination and received a dishonorable discharge.

After the administrative process was completed, Winston was arrested for the warrant.

Prior to the incident, Winston was a detention deputy, but was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 25, 2018 following the incident. On Oct. 9, 2018, he was assigned to administrative duty and worked in fleet maintenance until his termination. It is unclear why he was taken off of administrative leave.

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“This former employee has to face his legal issues on his own, and won’t be doing that as a member of this agency,” Salazar said. “This agency will continue to take a strong stance on domestic violence issues whether in the community or within our own ranks.”

Under BCSO’s civil service rules, adopted in 2018, Winston is not eligible for rehire.

The arrest comes just days after another BCSO deputy was fired for posting “an offensive Facebook comment that incited violence,” the department said.

Officials fired former deputy Jackie Farmer on Tuesday after he allegedly made comments on a social media post as saying people “should lynch mob” someone accused of stealing mail, BCSO said.

Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @TaylorPettaway

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