Off Duty Temple Police Officer Arrested in El Paso
A Temple police officer has bonded out of jail and faces a disciplinary hearing after he was arrested in El Paso Tuesday.
Update: Cpl. Sheka was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, Sept. 11.
28-year-old Corporal Kenneth Lee Sheka was subdued and taken into custody at the Chase Suites Hotel while attending a law enforcement conference. He was charged with deadly conduct involving the discharge of a firearm.
Sheka was attending a Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas convention at the hotel when he reportedly began making sexually suggestive comments while speaking to a female employee. Witnesses say he then touched her inappropriately as she walked past him. The employee then asked him not to do it again and walked away with another man, at which point Sheka pulled a pistol and fired a round into a wall.
Sheka was tackled and disarmed by fellow attendees as staff called police. He was later booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on $2,500 bond.
Corporal Christopher Wilcox of the Temple Police Department said Wednesday that Sheka was attending the C.L.E.A.T. convention on his personal time and was not acting in any official capacity as a representative of the TPD. He added that the El Paso Police Department will investigate the incident and forward their findings to their district attorney's office for prosecution.
The Temple PD Professional Standards Unit will conduct an internal investigation, and Sheka will meet with the Interim Chief of Police to discuss possible disciplinary action.