A domestic incident Sunday night near Bethesda has sparked an investigation within the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.
After Kevin and Kandy Dowell got into an argument late Sunday night at their home, their young daughter called authorities when Kevn said he “took the keys.”
A deputy whom Kevin Dowell identified as Adam McGilton was the first to respond and did so within “about 20 minutes” after he was called.
Dowell told the Batesville Daily Guard that by the time McGilton arrived, the incident between him and his wife had cooled.
“By the time he arrived, the whole house was calm,” Kevin Dowell said. “I was laying in bed.”
Dowell said McGilton arrived and “told me to get out of bed which I said, ‘I can talk to you right here.”
Kevin Dowell then stated that McGilton replied with, “Get the [expletive] up before I arrest you.”
“I popped up, put my shoes on and and said, ‘yes we sure will go outside and talk.’”
After McGilton asked if Kevin Dowell was threatening him, Dowell said he was ‘invoking the fifth.”
Kevin Dowell said McGilton lost his temper and said he was placing Dowell under arrest.
“I said, ‘No I’m not,’” Kevin Dowell told the Batesville Guard. Somewhere in that exchange, Kandy Dowell began filming with her phone.
The recorded portion of the incident shows the deputy screaming obscenities and trying to get his way into the door.
“Get on the godground,” the deputy screams at someone off camera, presumably Kevin Dowell.
Meanwhile, Kandy is pleading with the deputy to calm down.
“Stop, please, sir,” Kandy repeatedly says in the recording. “What is wrong with you?”
Kevin Dowell said his daughter called for help again.
Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens, who arrived on scene about a minute and a half after Kandy began filming, released a statement about the incident on Monday afternoon. The statement did not confirm the officer’s identity.
“In regards to a recorded incident that occurred within the Independence County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction,” Stephens said, “the incident is under internal investigation to address any violations or wrongdoings by the deputy on scene. At this time, the deputy’s name will not be released. Once the investigation is complete further information will be provided.”
Stephens did not provide further comment on the incident.
“Shawn showed up and the other officer shut down all the crazy stuff,” Dowell said. “Shawn came in and talked to both of us calmly as any man could and I appreciate the care he had.”
Stephens also confirmed that the deputy was placed on administrative leave.
Kevin Dowell also said it isn’t the first time deputies have been to his residence.
“Me and my wife have problems like any else,” Kevin said. “They come see me about once a month sometimes. I’m disabled. I got PTSD and a very bad back, but they come with care and not guns drawn. I have a lot of respect for ICSO, but not this officer. I get along with all of them I come in contact with. Sure, I’m and easy-going guy, but I’m easy going unless pushed like [Sunday] night.”