Oswego, Ill. - Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig French is under investigation, accused of waving a gun in a Walmart in Oswego during an argument with a man and his pregnant wife.
The argument happened on Sunday afternoon, when Jason Thurmond and his wife, who is nine months pregnant, were shopping for their Super Bowl party.
Thurmond stepped out of line to grab the eggs, which he had forgotten, and when he came back, he saw French arguing with his wife.
“I could see that my wife was upset,” he said. “Her face was flustered. I saw a man in her face yelling at her and so as I approached I heard the guy saying, ‘Are you slow? Do you not know how to count? You’re holding up all these people in the line?’”
Then Thurmond said that French got even more aggressive, in the middle of the store, which was packed.
“He was like, ‘What, are you guys on welfare?’” Thurmond said. “I’m like, ‘Look, if you’re that impatient, sir, get out and get in another line.’ And he went back to verbally assaulting and harassing my wife.”
Thurmond says the verbal assaults escalated and French came at him, so Thurmond pushed him away. That’s when French pulled out a gun.
“He took a couple steps back and I’m looking at him and he’s fumbling and he pulls out a gun, and I’m like, ‘Whoa!’”
Other shoppers spotted the gun and started screaming and running.
“People thought he was holding up the cashier because he was waving the gun and hadn’t displayed any credentials. The cashier took off,” Thurmond said.
No one was hurt, but Thurmond was the only one arrested — for misdemeanor battery for shoving an officer. Thurmond didn’t even know the man was with law enforcement.
The Kendall County Sheriff’s Department said it has launched an internal investigation to determine if the deputy’s actions are consistent with the rules and regulations of the Sheriff’s Office.