deputy in crash

Sgt. Michael Mazerolle. RCSD image

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott reported the termination of a deputy Friday morning, for violation of department policy.

According to RCSD, the department received medical reports this week revealing deputy Michael Mazerolle had alcohol in his system while operating a county vehicle.

The deputy's termination was in reference to a previously reported incident April 1, when Mazerolle was in a single-vehicle collision. He was reported to be in serious condition.

“His behavior is inexcusable, and I will not tolerate that from my deputies,” Sheriff Lott said. “I hold my deputies to a much higher standard and anyone who works for me knows that I will hold them accountable.”

Mazerolle was employed with the department from May 2001 until his retirement in October 2020. He attained the rank of sergeant during his time with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. He was rehired in February 2021.

“It’s frustrating, I know we are better than this and our community expects better from us,” said Sheriff Lott.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the collision.

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