Sumner County deputy accused of mishandling evidence resigns

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Sumner County deputy under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after allegations he mishandled evidence has resigned.

Major Don Linzy, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday pending the outcome of the investigation. He later turned in his resignation.

The county’s district attorney told News 2 the investigation centers around closed drug cases, more specifically evidence that was ear-marked for destruction.

The DA also said cases already closed will not be affected by the current investigation.

Allegations were brought to him last Wednesday, which is when the sheriff’s department requested the TBI to investigate.

The DA told News 2 he was flabbergasted by the allegations; he’s worked with Linzy, who is the head of the criminal investigation unit, for decades.

Linzy is reportedly a witness in upcoming cases going to trial, and how the investigation will affect the prosecution of those cases is not known.

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