SHERIDAN, Colorado — Following his acquittal on assault charges a Sheridan Police officer will rejoin the police department.
On Friday, an Arapahoe County jury found Shawn Ralph not guilty of third-degree and attempted third-degree assault regarding an incident involving an adult female on Sept. 3, 2021.
Ralph had been on administrative leave since his arrest and while his case worked its way through the court system.
The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 of last year at the 7-Eleven store at 3495 S. Federal Blvd., an arrest affidavit says. Ralph was accused of putting a shoplifting suspect in a chokehold after she spit in his face.
A sergeant at the scene intervened, according to the affidavit, and told Ralph to "relax" while removing Ralph's hands from the woman.
Now the criminal case is over, the Sheridan Police Department will conduct an internal investigation of the matter and take appropriate action based on the outcome of the investigation, a release from the agency says.
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