Social Media Post About Near-Shooting Gets Deputy Fired

Jun 30, 2017

A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy who wrote on social media about "almost" shooting someone and followed it with "lol" has been fired.

In a news release, the Pinellas County Sheriff's office said 23-year-old Deputy Austen Callus admitted to putting the post on Snapchat on Sunday. He was fired Thursday, while still on probationary status.

The post came to light after it was shared by a Facebook user and former classmate of the deputy, Joseph Wood. The post says: "Nothing like almost shooting someone to set your head right lol."

It's unclear what it was referring to. A sheriff's spokesman said no further information would be available until the investigation is complete.