Charges have been dismissed against a former Harrison County Deputy accused of assaulting his wife.
Deadly conduct and assault family violence charges against Matt Hasler were dismissed this past week at the request of his wife, Amanda Hasler, said Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon.
As in any case, a victim can file an Affidavit of Non-Prosecution, requesting that any charges filed not be pursued.
“The victim in this case requested we not pursue charges,” Solomon said, adding that this case was not treated differently than any other.
The former deputy was arrested after ramming his vehicle head-on into Amanda Hasler’s vehicle as she tried to leave their residence Feb. 4. The couple had been fighting that afternoon, according to the criminal complaint.
Hasler told police he rammed his wife’s vehicle to stop her from leaving because he wanted to find out where his children were, according to the document.
Solomon said family violence victims are required to enroll in classes in which they learn about the consequences of dropping charges.
“We want to be sure they understand the effects of that,” Solomon said.
Meanwhile, Hasler remains under investigation for a shooting that occurred in December outside a Marshall bar. Tray Austin Rogers, 20, was shot by then-deputy Matt Hasler at around 2 a.m. in a parking lot off North Columbus Street, according to Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool. Hasler was off-duty at the time.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Hasler began his career in 2002 as a jailer. He resigned in May 2004, was rehired as a deputy sheriff in Oct. 2004, before resigning again in June 2007. He was rehired as a deputy sheriff in July 2007.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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