2 MONROE COUNTY SHERRIF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT IN KEY WEST
Two off-duty Deputies were arrested by Key West Police early Saturday morning following a fight with U.S. Navy sailors in the 200 block of Duval Street in Key West.
The fight broke out after Deputies Kenneth Christopher Lockman and David J. Beer landed several punches to the unidentified Navy sailors who had attempted to break up another altercation between Lockman and a third unknown man.
When officers attempted to grab Lockman, he resisted arrest by pushing, punching and kicking officers with both fists, according to the officer’s arrest report.
Beer also fought with officers, kicking them as they tried to handcuff him.
Key West Police arrested both men on charges of battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. As of Sunday evening, reports stated that Beer was still incarcerated in the Monroe County jail while Lockman had been released on bond.
The Deputies have since been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
This is not the first time that Lockman has been arrested. In February of last year, he was charged with felony battery and child abuse after getting into a fight with his girlfriend and her son.
The Sheriff’s Office has not released a statement on the latest incident, but an internal investigation is likely to be launched into the behavior of both deputies.
It is unclear what provoked the fight between Lockman and the third man, but video footage of the altercation shows that Beer was also involved in the initial fight.
According to a report from the Key West Police Department, officers were already on scene when they heard a fight break out in front of Aqua Nightclub at 201 Duval Street. The fight involved several people and was described as “a large crowd fighting.”
Officers originally attempted to get between two individuals, but one of the combatants broke free and a large brawl ensued.
The Key West Police report states that “Lockman was punching an unidentified white male with a closed fist several times in the head and face.” The fight moved from the sidewalk to the middle of Duval street as officers tried to break it up
Source: Key West Police Department,