Sheriff: Clayton County deputy fired for misusing firearm on suspect

Deputy Nicole Pitts (Clayton County Sheriff's Office)

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said he has dismissed one of his deputies after accusations the deputy improperly used her gun to get a suspect to comply.

Deputy Nicole Pitts was terminated late Wednesday afternoon following an overnight investigation, the sheriff’s office reported.

An Internal Affairs investigation found Pitts had used her sidearm, holding it up to the suspect’s head, under the chin after a handcuffed suspect refused to get inside a patrol car to be transported to the jail, the sheriff’s office disclosed.

The incident was reported by another deputy who reported the incident to his supervisor. Pitts was immediately put on administrative leave without pay Tuesday night and was fired Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff said.