Office of Professional Standards determines claims against deputy are unfounded

By on September 16, 2011

by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—Three months after an incident in which an Elburn resident said he was assaulted by an off-duty Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy, the department’s Office of Professional Standards has determined that the allegations against the deputy are unfounded.

“Our Office of Professional Standards investigated the incident and found that the facts of the investigation do not support a finding of wrongdoing against our deputy,” Kane County Sheriff Lieutenant Pat Gengler said.

The incident occurred on June 10, when Elburn resident Michael Kowalczyk, 37, encountered an off-duty Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy following a minor two-car collision that Kowalczyk was involved in. Kowalczyk said that the off-duty deputy, wearing street clothes, reached under his pant leg to withdraw a gun as he approached Kowalczyk, yelling for him to not move.

Another Kane County Sheriff Deputy—this one on duty—soon arrived at the scene and placed Kowalczyk in the back of his squad car while he spoke with the off-duty deputy. Kowalcyzk was then interviewed by the on-duty deputy following the incident, and was issued two citations for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Kowalczyk said he was unable to get an order of protection or file charges against the deputy following the incident, and would soon be pursuing legal representation, which he has since obtained.