A Platte County Sheriff's Deputy is suspended and then retires under pressure

PLATTE COUNTY, Missouri - A high-ranking Platte County Sheriff's deputy was suspended and retired abruptly under pressure this week.

Capt. Steve Johnson was suspended for "violations of policy" on Monday, according to Capt. Erik Holland, a spokesperson with the department. Holland said Johnson retired that same day.

Johnson was on the force for almost 28 years. His retirement is effective August 2.

Platte County would not share any details about the internal investigation, but said they are getting assistance from Platte City Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff's Department.

NBC Action News stopped by Johnson's home on Friday to ask some questions. While standing in his doorway, Johnson did not reveal much and repeated that he had just "decided to take early retirement."

Johnson also said he was not worried about what the investigation will find and said he does not have any regrets.

Several sources tell NBC Action News there is a connection to a Platte City police officer who recently resigned. Those sources also point to a link with an area tow and collision repair shop.

When asked about that, Johnson answered, "No comment." 

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