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Dawson detention officer fired after arrest in Lumpkin County
Officer arrested, Kormos MUG
John Michael Kormos

A Dawson County detention officer has been served a termination notice after he turned himself in to Lumpkin County authorities Sept. 11.

John Michael Kormos, 30, faces charges of battery and reckless conduct after an altercation with his estranged wife during which a firearm was discharged.

The incident occurred Sept. 8 at a residence on John Dowdy Road in Dahlonega.

In an incident report, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jacob Smith stated that he responded to a call in reference to a male attempting to commit suicide with a firearm.

When he entered the residence, Smith said he heard a male and female yelling and saw Kormos standing over a woman who was kneeling on the floor. The woman was Kormos’ estranged wife, Erica Christine Vibert, 24.

According to the report, Kormos told the deputy that he and his wife had been arguing about their marriage. At some point Kormos had gotten a firearm out and had thoughts of ending his life.

The report states that the firearm had gone off into a bed during a struggle between Kormos and Vibert. Vibert told the deputy that “at no point did she think that Kormos would have meant to hurt her.”

Vibert stated that right after the two had separated, Kormos had begun taking medication for depression.

Kormos was transported to Northeast Georgia medical Center for mental evaluation due to him talking about suicide. The deputy noted that when he arrived, Kormos smelled strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

He bonded out of jail Sept. 11 on a $5,200 bond.

Kormos was served a termination notice by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 11, but Sheriff Jeff Johnson said Kormos has appealed his termination and that he anticipates a hearing to be held this week.

Kormos was hired by the DCSO in March 2017. In his annual review, Cpl. Brandon Shaw stated that Kormos was “an outstanding aspect to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.”

Kormos is the second DCSO detention officer to be arrested this month.

Luciano Betancourt resigned Aug. 14 in the middle of a sheriff’s office investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a female inmate. Betancourt was arrested Sept. 4 on the charge of violation of oath of public office.