A Texas police deputy was terminated from his position after he allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old girl outside a barbecue joint.
Witnesses at Oakwood BBQ in Austin say 42-year-old Jack Danford Jr. brutally ‘beat’ the child outside the restaurant in a drunken, unprovoked attack on March 3.
It seems Danford, a regular at the restaurant, attempted to enter the eatery when employees informed him they were closed and asked him to leave. Danford refused.
He waited in the outdoor seating area for his daughter, Megan, and her boyfriend, Dahvi Winstead, who he was meeting up with, according to local Fox 26.
When they arrived, the deputy told his daughter he had ‘been drinking all day’.
Fired Williamson County deputy Jack Danford Jr., 42, (shown) is accused of punching a child on March 3 in a drunken rage
The unnamed girl, 12, recounted the horrific incident that happened after she simply went to play with her stepdad’s dog
Before the alleged beating, Danford told his daughter he had been ‘drinking all day’
The violent incident happened March 3 at Oakwood BBQ in Austin, Texas
At some point, Danford began petting a dog that was roaming around in the back of the restaurant.
The dog reportedly belonged to the girl’s stepfather, Russell Cope, who the child was waiting for outside at the time.
While speaking with the news station, the girl was seen with an abrasion on her arm while she sat to explain the horrific incident.
‘I was waiting for my mom’s boyfriend to unload wood, so after that, we could go eat,’ the young girl told the news station.
The child walked over to play with the dog – when Danford ‘tackled and punched her in the face’.
The girl’s stepdad and owner of the pup, Cope, said he witnessed the event happen when he tried to stop it.
Stepdad to the child, Russell Cope, believes the deputy was on some kind of drugs at the time
Manager of the barbecue joint, Will Atkins, said he had already threatened to call police on the deputy where the violent incident
‘I seen him on top of her and he was hammer fisting it looked like to me… like UFC-style,’ Cope explained of the upsetting sight.
‘I got mad and started beating on the man and it seemed like he was on some kinda drug or something… because he wasn’t stopping.’
The stepdad said he then proceeded to kick Danford, who fell to the ground.
Employees heard the girl screaming and saying, ‘help!’ when she was first attacked. Several people rushed outside to see what was wrong.
It seems Danford, a regular at the restaurant, attempted to enter the eatery when employees informed him they were closed and asked him to leave
Danford was arrested at the scene. He has been charged with public intoxication, injury to a child and resisting search
Manager of Oakwood BBQ, Will Atkins, said he had already threatened to call police on the deputy earlier when Danford refused to leave when asked.
‘He came in, I guess he was a little drunk or on something. We asked him to leave… he refused to leave. We told him we were going to have to call the police if he didn’t leave,’ Atkins said in the interview.
Cope added that he hopes the deputy won’t ‘get off on this charge’.
Atkins also expressed his shock over Danford’s behavior, and said he thought officers were supposed to be ‘held to a higher standard,’ according to News 4 San Antonio.
Danford, who was arrested at the scene, has been charged with public intoxication, injury to a child and resisting search.