Off-duty deputy arrested, terminated after fight at local club

Fmr. Richmond County Deputy Thomas Andrews
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Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Sheriff's Office has arrested and terminated an off-duty deputy after a fight at The Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon.

Investigators say the fight occurred Saturday around 1:04 a.m. A Richmond County Deputy working special duty observed the fight, where a male suspect punched another man, identified as Austin Kyles, in the face. The suspect was identified as Deputy Thomas Andrews.

After Andrews struck Kyles, both began fighting and the deputy on-duty attempted to break up the fight. Both were taken into custody. A third man, Allen Lemonds of Virginia Beach, Virginia was also detained.

Through firsthand accounts and video surveillance, it was found that Andrews started the fight. He was arrested and charged with affray. Kyles and Lemonds were both charged with disorderly conduct. Kyles received minor injuries as did Andrews.

Andrews was terminated from the Sheriff's Office on Monday. This is a developing story.