Harford deputy pleads guilty to reckless endangerment after firing weapon

A Harford County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment this week for firing his weapon after an accident and confrontation last  year.

The charges stem from traffic accident April 8, 2013. Deputy First Class Christopher Behles, who was 37 at the time of the incident, fired his weapon at another driver.

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The other driver was charged with assault and initially accused of hitting Behles’ undercover vehicle then dragging the deputy, however the state decided not to prosecute the case, online court records show.

This week Behles pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve two years of probation, pay a $2,000 fine and $625 court costs, complete an anger management counseling program and complete 500 hours of community work service.

Behles was an 8-year veteran of the sheriff’s department at the time of the incident.

The sheriff's office declined to comment on the case and Behles' status as a deputy is unclear.

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