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Houston County Commission candidate arrested

Brandon Bagwell is charged with pawning his service revolver that had been issued to him by the Taylor Police Department where he is no longer employed.
He is accused of pawning his service revolver that had been issued to him by the Taylor Police Department where he is no longer employed.
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 10:12 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A Houston County Commission candidate faces criminal charges two weeks before he appears on the Republican primary ballot.

Arrested Tuesday, Brandon Eugene Bagwell, 41, is charged with theft and improper transfer of a firearm related to his former job as a law enforcement officer.

He is accused of pawning a agency revolver that had been issued to him by the Taylor Police Department where he is no longer employed.

“I can confirm the firearm in question was not in-fact assigned or ever assigned service revolver and stems from Dec of 2020 and I resigned January of 2022,” he said on his Facebook page. He claims all his department equipment was checked off an inventory list when he resigned from the department.

He told News 4 he wonders if the allegations are politically motivated.

Bagwell is a candidate for the district 3 commission seat and will remain on the May 24 ballot.

If victorious, he would be removed from office, upon conviction.

Court records show in March a judge ordered Bagwell to pay over $8,500 to his son who had sued him, claiming Brandon Bagwell failed to give him VA benefits his son had received to attend school.

He was released from jail about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

This story updated to reflect Mr. Bagwell’s post and comments to WTVY.

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