PHOENIX — A Maricopa County Sheriff’s detention officer has been fired
after hanging from a pipe at the downtown Phoenix jail in December, causing it
to break and flood the complex.
Sheriff’s officials tell KNXV-TV that the initial
damage estimate is near $250,000 but could go higher as some areas of the jail
still are being repaired.
MCSO officials say Terry Wheeler was fired Jan. 27 after being with the
department for less than a year.
They say the incident occurred on the third floor within the jail’s control
tower. The water leaked down two floors to the central intake area.
Several computer systems, visitor systems, TV and other electronic components
were damaged but officials say all systems related to inmate and employee
protection and security were quickly repaired.
Information from: KNXV-TV, http://www.abc15.com