Court documents detail alleged altercation that led to Deputy’s arrest

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – Christopher Barrs, a 39-year old deputy with Worcester County Sheriffs Office, had been suspended since June 13 following the alleged June 10 incident between he and his 15-year old daughter at his Newark home.

Charging documents obtained by 47ABC from Worcester County District Court paints are dark picture of what might have occurred that Monday afternoon.

According to court documents, Barrs, who his daughter claims smelled of alcohol, allegedly grabbed his daughter’s arm and twisted it behind her back during a verbal altercation, accusing her of lying to him.

The description goes on to say Barrs threw his phone across the room, grabbed his daughter and forced her out of the home. He then instructed her to come back in and continued his verbal and physical tirade. Information in the documents show these events took place over about a 90-minute time period.

Barrs’ daughter went to Your Docs In, in Pocomoke City, following the altercation, and was told she sustained a sprain in her elbow due to her arm being twisted behind her back, according to court documents.

Some we spoke with say these allegations are serious, but a suspension went too far.

“Without investigating more and getting into possibly the details, I think he was suspended prematurely,” said Bill O’Brien, a Worcester County resident.

Others feel the Sheriffs office did the right thing in acting immediately and aggressively, saying with the serious charges brought against Barrs it is right that he be suspended without pay.

Connie West, of Salisbury, says she is reserving judgement for the 8-year veteran of the Sheriffs Office until a judgement is handed down. But insists these charges are to be taken very seriously.

Barrs remains suspended without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation and the outcome of the criminal charges.

Barrs is charged with second degree assault and second degree child abuse. Barrs was arrested by Maryland State Police without incident at his residence early this afternoon. He was taken before a District Court commissioner for a bond hearing and released on a $15,000 unsecured personal bond

Worcester County Sheriff Matt Crisafulli sent out a statement on the arrest, which read:

“I take these charges very seriously and I applaud the diligence and care taken by both the Maryland State Police and the Department of Social Services. It’s important that everyone knows that the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office values transparency and sharing critical
information with the public. While I cannot comment further, as it could jeopardize the investigation, I fully believe that the community deserves to know when a member of this agency has been charged with a crime.”

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