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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]
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