While one Pasco County Fire Rescue captain is out on unpaid leave after two arrests, another has returned to work.
Capt. Louis Herrero was charged with eight counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer following a standoff last December at his Sierra Pines home. That incident resulted in the SWAT team being called out.
Herrero, who worked at Station 23 in Land O' Lakes, was taken into custody after barricading himself in his home. At one point during the standoff, he was said to have pointed a shotgun at deputies and fire rescue workers who responded to the scene.
“His legal issues were cleared and he went through the process with our risk management (staff) to return to full duty,” said Assistant Chief Cynthia Holland.
According to Pasco County court records, adjudication was withheld on two charges of improper exhibition of a firearm filed against Herrero. The prosecutor did not take action on the aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer charges.
Holland was unsure of exactly when Herrero returned to duty.
“We’re doing all we can to ensure that our personnel are fit for duty and (are) providing the best service,” Holland added.
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Editor's note: This article was updated at 7:58 p.m. Dec. 19 to include information from the Pasco County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.