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Indicted Carroll Co. Sheriff fires Chief Deputy who testified against him

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Former Chief Deputy JT Shaw. Former Chief Deputy JT Shaw.

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The recently re-elected Carroll County Sheriff, who was indicted earlier this week, has fired the deputy who alleges he planted evidence.

Former Carroll County Chief Deputy JT Shaw says he hasn't been given a reason for having been let go. He says he went to work Thursday morning and was terminated immediately.

“He didn't tell me I was fired. He didn't give me no explanation. He just slid the piece of paper across and told me to sign it," Shaw says.

The two have history.

Shaw testified against sheriff Kinman in front of a grand jury claiming Kinman planted prescription drugs in a former deputy's car.

Sheriff Kinman was indicted Monday on charges of tampering with evidence and official misconduct.

Shaw ran against Kinman in Tuesday's election but Kinman was re-elected.

Shaw is also suing sheriff Kinman for retaliation.

"I think that slam dunks my complaint that he's retaliating against me for what I did and I didn't do anything wrong," Shaw says.

Despite talking to us on camera on Wednesday, Sheriff Kinman referred us to his attorney Jeff Mando who released this statement Thursday:

"Sheriff Jamie Kinman terminated JT Shaw this morning for multiple unexcused absences from work and insubordination. The termination had absolutely nothing to do with JT Shaw's lawsuit or the election and was based solely on Shaw's actions and conduct."

Residents and business owners of Carroll County seem to have differing opinions about the situation.

"I'd like to see them bring him back because he's the best that they've got on the force,” Carrollton business owner Don Smith says. “I don't see that JT did anything wrong."

"If JT got sheriff, he would fire Jamie Kinman as soon as he took office. That's just common knowledge," resident Jamie Cornett adds.

Shaw says he just wants his job back.

"I'm going to talk with my wife and my children. I'm gonna talk with the people back home and do what's in the best interest of my family first and I'd love to have my career back."

Sheriff Kinman is expected to be arraigned on November 17th.

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