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Allen County Sheriff under investigation for ‘disturbance’ at Three Rivers Festival

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Allen County’s highest law enforcement officer is being investigated by the Indiana State Police for his alleged involvement in a disturbance at the Three Rivers Festival Tuesday night.

Fort Wayne Police confirmed with Fort Wayne’s NBC they were called to a disturbance Tuesday night involving Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux.

It was not immediately clear if the Sheriff was on duty at the time.

Fort Wayne Police said their investigators have forwarded the case to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

A representative for the prosecutor’s office confirmed an investigation but would not release the incident report or comment on it, citing the ongoing investigation.

However, multiple sources have told us the incident involved a locked area near temporary bathrooms where Gladieux allegedly pushed a teenage festival volunteer, who reportedly fell into something metal and sustained minor injuries.

Sheriff Gladieux was out of town at pre-arranged meetings in Indianapolis all day and wasn’t available for comment.

We’re told he said he has not been contacted by any investigators.

We have confirmed that the prosecutor’s office asked the Indiana State Police to investigate what happened.

State police confirm an officer from outside the district would meet with the prosecutor to begin that investigation.

“There are many situations that require a full investigation such as this, talk to individuals who were present when the alleged occurrence happened, what might have transpired,” Steve Shine says.

Shine, the chairman of the Allen County Republican Party, told us he had not yet spoken with Sheriff Gladieux, who was re-elected last year, but cautioned jumping to any conclusions.

“In all situations like this, when judgment is being asked to be rendered, that we need to have a full and complete investigation and hear from everybody who was involved,” Shine says.

The executive director of the Three Rivers Festival declined to comment.

Corinne Rose contributed to this story.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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