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Former Fire Capt. Randy Chandler pleads 'not guilty' as SFD announces termination

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Former Shreveport Fire Dept. Capt. Randy Chandler pleaded not guilty Monday morning on one count of cruelty to the infirm.

The development came less than a week after his termination from SFD after 29 years of service.

In court documents, investigators say Chandler bought Alpo dog food at a local grocery store, cooked it on the stove and fed it to a mentally disabled man under the pretense that the meal was "beef tips and rice."

In a post-Miranda statement to investigators, Chandler reportedly said there were two separate occasions when he took a hat from the victim and threw it to the ground where it landed in an ant pile.

Because the victim is said to have the mind of an eight- or nine-year-old, it is reported that his mental capacity prohibited him from removing the cap before he was bitten by the ants. Records say the victim received medical treatment from another firefighter.

In the document, Chandler admits he locked the victim in a Station 8 closet for a short amount of time.

Investigators also cite three other firefighters when they allege that Chandler put coins in fire and had the victim retrieve them.

Chandler was working at Station 16 near Shreveport Regional Airport when charges were filed.

The court documents say at least some of the allegations against Chandler took place in May and August 2012.

SFD announced Chandler's termination Monday but Fred Sanders, Assistant to the Chief, said in a press release that the decision went into effect Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Chandler is due in court again Monday, Oct. 21 for argument hearings with his co-defendants, Derrick Harris, Clint Richardson, Billy Glass and Jason Vaughan.

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A comprehensive look at Station 8 allegations

Court records outline Capt. Randy Chandler's charges, allege second prostitution attempt

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