Ex-jailer accused of repeatedly punching inmate avoids trial

Garrett Flores, 31, surrenders license in exchange for dismissal of charges

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SAN ANTONIO – A former Bexar County Sheriff's Office detention officer agreed to permanently surrender his state law enforcement license on Friday, days before he was scheduled to go on trial on charges that he repeatedly punched an inmate in 2017.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office dismissed official oppression charges against Garrett Flores, 31, in exchange for the surrender of his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement license, officials with the District Attorney's Office confirmed.

Flores was arrested in August 2017, months after he was accused of punching an inmate in the head and causing him to fall and hit the ground.

Flores was also accused of lying to investigators about the incident, according to his charging paperwork.

He originally faced five counts of official oppression.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar released the following statement Friday afternoon:

We have no intention of rehiring Flores. He has no place here at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Flores' dismissal prior to the criminal case filed by our Public Integrity Unit, is a direct result of our proactive stance on maintaining discipline and accountability within our agency. We are glad that he will no longer be working in law enforcement.

Flores was scheduled to go on trial Monday morning.

His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.



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