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Judge: PBSO deputy arrested for aggravated assault can't possess weapons for a year

Posted at 12:28 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 19:07:47-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Palm Beach County deputy arrested for aggravated assault following an incident in downtown West Palm Beach earlier this month cannot possess weapons for at least one year, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Deputy Jerald Alderman appeared in court for a hearing about a risk protection order.

The West Palm Beach Police Department asked a judge to temporarily ban Alderman from possessing firearms, claiming he "poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself or others by having a firearm or any ammunition in his custody or by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm or any ammunition," according to court documents.

In court on Tuesday, a civil court judge granted that risk protection order for one year, meaning Alderman cannot have access to any weapons during that time.

At a hearing earlier this month, the judge overseeing Alderman's criminal case ordered him to not possess any weapons while the case goes through the judicial system.

However, Tuesday's ruling means Alderman can't possess any weapons for a year, even if the charges are dropped or a plea deal is reached.

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Cell phone video showed Alderman, who was off-duty at the time, holding a gun and yelling profanities at three men in a car early on the morning of Oct. 12, telling them to leave a parking lot in the 300 block of Banyan Blvd.

The alleged victims claimed they could smell alcohol on Alderman's breath, and he threatened to kill them.

According to one of the alleged victims, Alderman "definitely pointed his finger at all three of us and said I'll [EXPLETIVE] kill you and then he took his gun out."

Another victim claimed Alderman said "he would kill us and put a bullet in all our heads. 1,2,3, counted it out and said he'd put a bullet in all three of our heads and I'm watching him and he's reaching for his firearm constantly."

The three alleged victims appeared in court on Tuesday, but did not testify and did not comment on the risk protection order.

Alderman, who's out of jail on bond, is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Both Alderman and his attorney did not comment about the RPO after Tuesday's hearing.


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A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Alderman is currently on paid administrative leave.

According to FDLE records, Alderman has been a law enforcement officer in Florida since 2002. He started his career at the Royal Palm Beach Police Department, and moved to PBSO when the sheriff's department took over Royal Palm Beach in 2006.