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Deputy in fight faces investigation

A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy accused of hitting his son-in-law in the head with a gun is being investigated by internal affairs to determine whether he violated any department policy.

Deputy Raymond Reyes scuffled with his son-in-law, 25-year-old Richard Ramos, on July 22.

Ramos and his wife, Rosalie, had been arguing when she summoned her father to their St. Petersburg apartment. A fight ensued in which Ramos picked up a steak knife and Reyes pulled out his personal handgun.

St. Petersburg police were called to the apartment, but officers decided to ask the state attorney's office whether an aggravated assault charge should be filed against the deputy.

Ramos has said he wants to prosecute his father-in-law.

Initially, the Sheriff's Office had no plans of conducting an internal affairs investigation. But last week, sheriff's investigators began looking at the incident, sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said.

They plan to review police reports and interview witnesses, Pasha said. Reyes remained on regular duty Tuesday.