Ex-OCSO Employee Arrested, Accused Of Assaulting An Inmate


Friday, April 12th 2019, 3:34 pm
By: News 9


A former Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office employee has been arrested and is accused of using excessive force on an inmate, the sheriff's office said.

Joseph Hedderman, 29, was arrested on complaints of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault. 

Hedderman was a jail supervisor. On April 8, while armed with pepper-spray gun or JPX, an incident between Hedderman and an inmate, who has not been identified, occurred.

Video surveillance shows Hedderman pepper spraying and kicking the inmate, according to the sheriff's office. 

YouTube videos show just how powerful and accurate a JPX can be. A type of pepper gel is deployed from the gun at 400 mph. 

According to the sheriff's office, the tool allows officers to more accurately disperse pepper spray toward an isolated target. 

After the investigation, Hedderman, a 10-year veteran, was fired and arrested on Friday. 

"We will not tolerate this sort of behavior," said Oklahoma County Sheriff PD Taylor. "Just as soon as we realized what had occurred we started an investigation, and moved quickly to fire this former employee."

The sheriff's office plans to present its case to the district attorney.