Jeffrey Higgins, Ex-MCSO Detention Officer, Lands on Probation for Drunk Gun-Pointing

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Jeffrey Higgins, a now-former detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, was sentenced to probation for a January incident in which Higgins pointed a loaded handgun at his 19-year-old son.

According to court documents previously obtained by New Times, Higgins pointed the gun at his son's face as the teenager tried to prevent his old man from drunkenly driving away from their Mesa home.

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Higgins entered a plea of no contest on an aggravated-assault charge, and was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation.

Police were called to Higgins' Mesa home around 3 a.m. on January 24, as his wife called 9-1-1 to report that Higgins was fighting with his son.

Higgins' son would later tell police that the argument started shortly after he came home and found his father "very" drunk.

In the middle of the argument, Higgins tried to leave and get in his truck, although his son tried to prevent him from getting in. Higgins grabbed his son by the collar to try to get him out of the way, and Higgins' wife helped try to prevent Higgins from driving, according to the documents.

Higgins said he was going back inside to "take care of" himself, but came back out to his truck with his MCSO detention-officer badge and handgun, the documents said.

As Higgins attempted to get in his truck again, his son again tried to prevent him from doing so, which is when Higgins pointed the gun at his son's face and told him to get out of the way, according to the documents.

Eventually, Higgins got in his truck and drove off, but was pulled over by police about 15 miles from his home.

Higgins denied that he ever pulled his gun on his son, and denied that he ever threatened suicide, in reference to his comment about his intent to "take care of" himself.

According to the court documents, there were claims that Higgins had pulled his gun on his son before, although those incidents weren't reported to police.

Court records show that Higgins has been allowed out-of-state travel for his duties with the Navy, and an MCSO spokeswoman confirms Higgins no longer has a job with the Sheriff's Office.

James King contributed to this post.



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Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Such a wonderful example of the caliber of employee MCSO hires....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

is anybody really shocked by this? it is one of Joe's boys, so i'm surprised he didnt shoot the kid

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @Flyer9753 ...yup, he falls into the same category as those who "left" law enforcement to become security guards..he's trash too.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @Tommy_Collins c'mon Tommy.  It's a DV and the victim of the Agg Assault is his son.  This is the norm when a victim is reluctant or unwilling to aid in the prosecutions case.  Without a corroborating witness the case is unsustainable if the victim refuses to testify or changes their story.  You know this, right?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins i think you are missing the point tommy. its not 3 years probation, its more than likely 3 years UNSUPERVISED probation. and the felony will be more than likely wiped from his record after the probation terminates............pretty harsh, right?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks 

 

You should really get your money back on those reading comprehension classes you took, they didn't do you any good.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks  @Tommy_Collins 

 

Who says the victim was reluctant or unwilling to aid in the prosecution of this case? I read the entire article and it makes no mention of anything like that in it.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @youproductsucks  being serious, i really want an answer for this. if the police can press charges in a domestic battery type situation, whether they want to or not, why wouldnt they be able to do the same in this case? 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @youproductsucks  thank you for the link. you explained some of what i asked and the rest i can get off the link. (it was a serious question, so thank  you, i have a lot of questions about that, that have been bothering me for a while) 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @youproductsucks  @danzigsdaddy 

 

Thanks for the answer. A few of your points are assumptions but not all of them. For once you actually seem to have done some research, well done.

 

Not sure who you are talking to when you reference a TEAM security guy, but whatever.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @Flyer9753  @danzigsdaddy This article is not "the end all and be all" of information relating to this case.

 

There are a number of issues relating to this case and the sentencing that supports the position I've taken.

 

1. It's a high profile case- (The County Attorney's Office could not let this one go without a conviction)

2. A firearm was alleged to have been used in the commission of a crime.- (Sentencing guidelines REQUIRE a prison sentence be imposed when a firearm is used in the commission of a felony.)

3. It's a Domestic Violence Case- State Law requires the State to prosecute crimes of violence in domestic cases, even if the victim is unwilling to prosecute.  (if this had not been a DV case and the victim lost desire to aid in prosecution, the case would be dismissed..no victim, no crime)

4. The son was active in attempting to protect his father when the offense occurred. (this leads to the inference that the son would continue to aid in what he perceives is protecting his father)

5. The suspect pled "no contest" to the charge of Aggravated Assault, a non dangerous, non repetitive offense. (This satisfies the need for a conviction by the State (high profile) and allows the defendant to rationalize that he was "intoxicated and doesn't remember doing what was alleged")

6. There were 5 different Settlement Conferences in this case.- This alone tells those who are adept of court procedures that The State did NOT want to take this to trial and yet was unwilling or unable to dismiss the case and that the suspect felt strongly he had a chance to win in trial.  

 

Here is a link to the Superior Court website referring to this specific case.

 

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/CriminalCourtCases/caseInfo.asp?caseNumber=CR2012-105155

 

The outcome of this case is commonplace when dealing with DV convictions.  Say what you will, TEAM security guy, you are entitled to your opinion, but there is substantial circumstantial evidence that supports my position.  I am digging into the minutes for the settlement conference to add confirmation.  

 

Also, it can't be ignored that I have a substantial working knowledge of these types of matters as they are relevant to my career.  If there comes a time where it is imperative to know whether forming a single file line is more effective than having an open door policy regarding the ingress and egress of concert goer's I will politely defer to your expertise.

 

 

 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy 

 

I agree it does happen in a lot of cases, it also does not happen in a lot of cases.

 

If the victim is willing then there is nothing standing in the way and it is no harder to get a conviction against a family member than it is against a stranger.

 

I agree a lot of times people do not press against a family member, but the fact the cops were even called says he may have been.

 

However YPS's assertion in his post is not supported by the article so I want to know where he/she/it is getting the information from or if they are just pulling it out of their ass, like usual.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Flyer9753  i would assume that happens in a lot of cases.it has to be hard to testify or put away a family member. there are times though where i am sure they have had enough and just will go up and testify or press charges out of self survival   

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