LEESBURG, Fla. March 30 2017- Two Lake County deputies have been fired after an internal investigation found that the two lied about accidentally hitting a Leesburg High School security monitor in January with a Taser while "joking around."
An internal investigation revealed that former Master Deputy Raymond Mattiucci deployed his Taser on Jan. 31 after the Leesburg High School security monitor asked Mattiucci how far it shot, a witness told deputies.
A school employee told deputies she heard the “pop” of the taser and saw the security monitor fall face first to the ground.
Mattiucci yelled an expletive and said, “I am sorry,” according to the witness account.
The victim was knocked unconscious, according to the report. He was treated by EMS at the school for a burn from the taser probe. Mattiucci told the victim he would help pay for his deductible.
The victim told investigators that he was “terrified” that Mattiucci and Blanton would “retaliate against him for coming forward” about the incident.
Former Deputy Dheriff Darrell Blanton responded to the scene and “conspired with Mattiucci to hide the truth about what occurred,” according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office report.
A school employee called the principal after the incident because she said she thought it was “being covered up.”
The employee said she felt intimidated by the officers into not talking about the incident. She also told investigators that Mattiucci had pulled his taser out multiple times before while “joking around.”
On the day of the incident, the Mattiucci called dispatch and requested EMS to the high school for “an assistant principal injuring their shoulder,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Both former employees were places on paid administrative leave on Feb. 6.
After the internal investigation, Blanton was officially dismissed on March 15.
Mattiucci sent in his resignation on March 8.
The investigation showed that there is sufficient information and/or evidence to clearly prove the allegations made in the complaint, according to the report.