KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Two local law enforcement officers find themselves on the other side of the law.
A Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputy and a Kansas City, Kan., police officer are now charged with endangering a child and providing a firearm to a felon.
KCK police officer Colleen Radford and her boyfriend, Wyandotte County deputy Andrew O’Neal, have plenty of smiling photos together on Facebook – but now both have matching mugshots.
“It`s a surprise, but the surprise is shocking,” said Lisa Simkins, who lives in O’Neal’s KCK neighborhood.
Police said the couple became the center of a lengthy criminal investigation that landed them both behind bars this week.
“It scares me, because if you can`t call them, you are you going to call?” said Tammy Culp, one of O’Neal’s neighbors. “Why would you take a job to protect everybody, and then you`re going behind doing the opposite? I mean, who can we turn to?”
It’s confusion and distrust that is building in the community after the duo was charged with child endangerment and providing a firearm to a felon.
“I think that when they become officers,” Simkins said, “that they feel that they are above the law and they have the right to do this and do that, but when it`s us, they want to [arrest us]. I don`t like it. I don`t like it at all.”
Although the specific details of the charges were unavailable in court documents on the Thanksgiving holiday, KCK police said Bonner Springs detectives first began investigating Radford.
They then asked KCK police for help and launched something much bigger that's put both Radford and O’Neal on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
“I think he deserves exactly what he gets,” Simkins said. “I mean, he would want that to happen to one of us, say, if it was us, you know?”
It’s a situation that's making people question, if found guilty, whether these two should ever wear a badge again.
“I don`t think they should be an officer,” Culp said. “They blew that. How can we trust them again if they were?”
Neither O’Neal nor Radford were home Thursday when Fox 4 news crews stopped by for comment.
According to online jail records, both O’Neal and Radford bonded out of jail, with each posting a $10,000 bail.