Marion Co. Sheriff’s Deputy fired for being drunk on duty

Marion County Jail
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy is out of a job after an internal affairs investigation found he was drunk while on duty.

Documents made public Wednesday show Antonio Coleman was terminated for conduct unbecoming an officer on Nov. 23.

Coleman was placed on paid administrative leave on October 8 after being accused of being drunk while working security at the City-County Building in early October. Supervisors removed him from duty after someone reported smelling suspected alcohol on his breath, MCSO spokesperson Katie Carlson told I-Team 8 at the time.

The results of a Breathalyzer test given by that supervisor have not been released.

According to a termination letter obtained by I-Team 8, Coleman’s administrative leave was changed to unpaid on Nov. 13, prior to his termination on Nov. 23. He was not arrested and has not faced any criminal charges.

At least five MCSO deputies and one probationary deputy have been fired in 2014. The department’s last terminations came in August when two female deputies were accused of misconduct involving inmates. Seven deputies were also disciplined and reassigned in September following an internal investigation into a series of mistaken inmate releases at the jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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