Two deputies accused of beating inmate, retaliating against co-workers who reported them

    Deputy Michael Gomez (left) and Deputy Joseph Anthony Hernandez (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Both Michael Gomez and Joseph Anthony Hernandez turned themselves in Wednesday afternoon.

    Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says two of his deputies have been charged after they allegedly beat an inmate and retaliated against their co-workers who reported them.

    Salazar said it stems from an incident that happened in June 2017 when two deputies attempted to subdue a 25-year-old inmate. One of the deputies allegedly hit the inmate with a stick several times as the inmate was trying to comply and put his hands behind his back. Once the inmate was already cuffed, the other deputy punched the inmate in the face, according to Salazar. He said the discovery of the incident happened after two of their co-workers came forward and reported what they had witnessed.

    The deputies, Michael Gomez and Joseph Anthony Hernandez, were placed on administrative duty as a result of the investigation. They then allegedly started retaliating against the deputies that reported them, including the deputies who were conducting the investigation. Warrants have been issued for their arrest and Salazar said they're expected to surrender Wednesday afternoon.

    Salazar said Gomez was also involved in the hazing incident in August of last year where at least 6 deputies hazed a seventh deputy. County issued handcuffs, shackles and a taser were allegedly used in the incident. Salazar said a 4-year-old child of one of the deputies was also at the scene and involved somehow.

    Gomez resigned on March 30. Hernandez has been placed on administrative leave. Both face charges of official oppression, but Salazar said more charges are expected to be filed.

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