MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has surrendered at jail Monday for an off-duty incident where police say he shot another man in the leg.
Kevin McClernon, 51, surrendered at the Broward Main Jail at 2 p.m. on a felony charge of aggravated battery with a firearm, and two misdemeanor charges of using a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages and culpable negligence.
“I’m pleased this case went to the grand jury, and I respect the grand jury’s decision to file a true bill in this matter. Clearly, McClernon was not acting in a law enforcement capacity when he fired his gun. His behavior was criminal. While the majority of law enforcement officers uphold their oath of office with honor, there must be consequences for those who break the law,” Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement.
McClernon was reportedly off-duty but in uniform when he shot a 54-year-old man in the leg while visiting a friend in Hollywood last January. When police responded to a 9-1-1 call, they found his friend’s boyfriend bleeding from a gunshot wound. The man was taken to the hospital. He reportedly told officers McClernon shot him. McClernon claims the man came at him with a knife.
The woman McClernon was visiting has more than 15 arrests, including a felony conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer. Sheriff’s Office policy forbids deputies to associate with convicted felons.
The man McClernon is accused of shooting has multiple arrests and convictions and is currently jailed for allegedly spitting on a cop and kicking a patrol car window during an arrest for trespassing.