Sheriff and deputies tried to help man kidnap daughter: cops

Left to right: Iron County Sheriff Jeffery Burkett, Deputy Chase Brasnahan, Deputy Matt Cozad and Rick Gaston face charges in a kidnapping conspiracy. (Photos courtesy of Washington County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office)

A Missouri sheriff and two of his deputies are facing charges of kidnapping, conspiracy and criminal street gang activity, alleging they tried to help a man kidnap his daughter after an argument with her female.

Jeff Burkett, 46, the sheriff of Iron County, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis, was arrested Thursday along with deputies Matthew Cozad and Chase Bresnahan and father, Donald Gaston.

According to charging documents cited by NBC St. Louis affiliate KSDK, it all started in February when Burkett, Gaston, Bresnahan and Cozad tried to help Gaston kidnap his daughter after an argument between Gaston and the mother of her daughter.

The suspects called 911 to have the mother arrested and put a “stop and hold” notice on her file so that if the police arrested her, she would be detained, the outlet reported. They monitored the mother and daughter’s locations via their cell phones.

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