Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Prison guard taken to jail after confronting Pasco deputies

WESLEY CHAPEL — Two Pasco sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a battery at an apartment complex.

But when they arrived about 4 a.m. Saturday, according to their report, the person who made the call wouldn't cooperate. He was drunk and got upset when the deputies began asking questions, they said.

"The defendant then told me he was no longer going to cooperate with the investigation and closed the door in my face," one deputy wrote.

The man they were dealing with was Geoffrey Laurent Linder. He's a 35-year-old prison guard at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution.

And he told the deputies about his work, in so many words: As they were walking back to their cars, the report says, Linder called the deputies a profane name and, using more profanity, said they would not survive working in a prison.

The deputies asked him to quiet down and go back inside his apartment. Linder responded, the report says, by promising to talk to their supervisor.

But he wasn't happy when they left, either. As they walked back to their patrol cars, the report says, Linder yelled: "The cops are walking away from me and are not willing to help me."

By then, some neighbors had come out. When a deputy tried to knock on one of their doors, the report said, Linder yelled to not come outside or answer any questions.

That was enough, the deputies decided, to arrest him on a charge of disorderly conduct. That's when Linder ran back into his apartment, with the deputies following. He was overpowered and handcuffed, the report says.

Linder, a state prison guard since 2005, was also charged with resisting arrest without violence. He was jailed and later released after posting $150 bail.

His pay rate and disciplinary record at the prison were not available Monday.

Prison guard taken to jail after confronting Pasco deputies 10/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2009 10:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump reveals that he didn't record Comey after all


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI director James Comey, ending a monthlong guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he didn’t record his conversations with James Comey.
  2. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  3. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate


    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker.

    Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.
  5. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101