Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested former Marco Police Officer John Derrig on two charges last week. The first being that of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. The second charge involved battery-touch or strike. Both arrests were made as part of an alleged Domestic Battery Complaint.

Both charges carry a $5,000 bail amount for cash or surety bond. The arrests were made on January 10 and he was booked and jailed at 9:17 PM the same day. He was subsequently released after securing bail on both charges on January 11 and was processed and released by Lee County at 2:13 PM.

Derrig is scheduled for a hearing in the Circuit Court in Lee County at 8:30 AM on February 13 on both charges.

Derrig had been discharged from his duties on three separate occasions as a Marco officer but returned to duty after two of those incidents were overturned by the ruling of an independent arbitrator. Derrig would also protest the third dismissal, but the arbitrator would rule in the city’s favor on the third dismissal. “Derrig’s actions violated the department’s policies and procedures by failing to respond to calls for service; that he was also untruthful when questioned about his actions; and that he had neglected his job duties during his shift.”


Steve Stefanides, is an experienced award-winning reporter of local civic and public interest news. Contact him by email at Stef@coastalbreezenews.com.

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