Followup on the story of Darrion Holiwell, the King County Sheriff’s Deputy jailed and charged with crimes including promoting prostitution and drug dealing: Sheriff John Urquhart has fired the 49-year-old West Seattle resident, according to this announcement we just received:
Jailed King County Sheriff’s deputy Darrion Holiwell was fired by Sheriff John Urquhart today.
Holiwell was arrested June 19, 2014 and subsequently charged with three felonies, including Promoting Prostitution, Theft, and drug dealing. He remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.
“Darrion Holiwell violated his oath, the trust of his fellow deputies, and the trust of the citizens of King County”, said Sheriff Urquhart. “He does not deserve to be a police officer,” Urquhart added.
Holiwell has been on Administrative Leave since the investigation into his activities began in late April.
According to Sheriff Urquhart, the criminal investigation is continuing, both inside and outside the Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges are possible, both for Holiwell and others. A parallel administrative investigation is ongoing and involves several members of the Sheriff’s Office.
When he was arrested and jailed last month, Holiwell was described in court documents as having a Puget Ridge-area address, as well as being a SWAT team member and KCSO firearms instructor and proprietor of a private firearms-related business. Though he was said to own many “high-quality” firearms, investigators say the gun safe at his West Seattle home was empty when officers searched the house the day he was taken into custody at KCSO HQ downtown.