A Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested on gun and domestic violence charges over the weekend.
Joseph A. Hutchison, 25, was arrested by Oregon State Police detectives at about 11:35 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, following an incident at his home in John Day, according to a press release from Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter.
Hutchison has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a class C felony, and three misdemeanors — pointing a firearm at another, fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence and menacing — according to information filed by Carpenter in Grant County Circuit Court. Carpenter said in the court document Hutchison pointed a pistol toward his spouse and knowingly caused her physical injury.
Hutchison, a corrections deputy for the Grant County Jail, was transported to the Baker County Jail pending arraignment, Carpenter said. After being arraigned, Hutchison was released with the conditions that he “not have contact with the alleged victim, not use intoxicants in any form and not possess firearms,” Carpenter said in the press release.
Carpenter said, while Grant County will remain the venue for Hutchison’s case, further prosecution will be through the Baker County District Attorney’s Office. A status hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Jan. 12 in Grant County Circuit Court.
The investigation remains open, Carpenter said.
According to the Oregon Criminal Justice Information Records Inquiry System, Hutchison is an active deputy sheriff with Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and he enrolled in a Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Basic Corrections class Sept. 6.
The sheriff’s office declined to comment.