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Date of Issue: September 27, 2007

Details sketchy regarding deputy incident in Cortez

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office internal affairs is keeping mum about an incident involving two deputies in Cortez Sept. 18.

Deputies and Bradenton Beach police responded to a reckless driving call in the parking lot of Cortez Bait and Seafood in the 4500 block of 119th Street West at about 5:30 p.m.

Apparently, one deputy had threatened another, then both sped through the village. Neither deputy was in uniform or in patrol cars.

Deputy Brandon A. Gard, 23, was armed, according to reports. Deputy Tiffany K. Graves, 42, was also involved in the incident.

The internal affairs investigation is on going.