K-9 Officer Investigated for Misconduct

Tyler Police are investigating one of its own for misconduct.

Officer Jimmy Mount was Tyler's K-9 Officer up until about three weeks ago. That's when allegations were made about an illegal off duty incident.

Mount resigned shortly after the department opened up an Internal Affairs Investigation. Tyler Police then forwarded their evidence in the case to the F.B.I.

Smith County District Attorney Jack Skeen does not expect the allegations against Mount to prevent the county from prosecuting other cases he worked on. "There's very limited involvement of this particular officer in narcotics cases any way what so ever that would affect or have any substantial impact on the cases."

Police have not said much about the alleged incident publicly. Wednesday, Assistant Chief Steve Sharron did say the alleged incident happened outside Tyler city limits while Officer Mount was off duty. Chief Sharron also said the internal affairs investigation was in the very early stages when Mount resigned. He said they had not turned up anything conclusive when they closed their investigation.

A local paper reported the allegations involved illegal drug use. But Sharron said he had no idea where the paper got that information and the department would not confirm, deny, or release any other specifics.

When Channel 7 News first asked about Mount's resignation earlier this month, Tyler Police said there was no investigation. Officials said Mount quit of his own free will.