Knox County jailer fired after vandalism arrest

Knox County jailer fired after vandalism arrest

Joshua McGill (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Joshua McGill (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County Sheriff's corrections officer was fired from his job Thursday after he was arrested for allegedly vandalizing cars in an apartment complex parking lot.

Knoxville police received a tip just after midnight about a man vandalizing cars and breaking the side mirrors in the parking lot of the Crowne Apartments, north of Grand Avenue and 21st Street.

Once on the scene, the man, 23-year-old Joshua McGill, approached the officer's vehicle and deliberately knocked off the driver side mirror of the police vehicle, according to a police report.

The responding officer said McGill was visibly intoxicated.

The officer attempted to detain McGill at which time the suspect tried to strike the officer in the face. He was then taken into custody.

Rural/Metro responded to treat the suspect for minor cuts and abrasions, but he was not seriously injured.

McGill was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor vandalism, and assault.

Further investigation revealed that McGill was a Knox County Sheriff's Corrections Officer. 

On Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones fired McGill.

"These types of actions will not be tolerated," Sheriff Jones said in a news release.

Under Merit Council rules, McGill has three days to appeal his termination. However, the Sheriff said that McGill is fired.

McGill was hired as a corrections officer on July 5, 2011. 

According to his employment file, he received a good evaluation. 

There were two counseling forms. In one from April 5, 2012, McGill was cautioned about leaving two inmates together who had been previously been in a fight. 

Another counseling form from April 24, 2012 indicated that McGill brought smokeless tobacco into the detention facility where he worked, which is against Knox County Sheriff's Office policy.

One woman we spoke with said she would like to know if incident vandalism is related to her car being damaged last night, just a block away from the scene.

"I went grocery shopping around nine o'clock and I parked my car right down the alley," said Raven Goller-Brown. "I came back to my car this morning and my side mirror had been hit and the mirror's not broken, but the plastic around the mirror is completely gone."

McGill is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 8.

6 News Reporter JESSA LEWIS contributed to this report.

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