FORT LAUDERDALE — A Broward County deputy has been arrested for secretly recording security video that showed a gunman shooting at passengers at the Fort Lauderdale airport in January and then leaking the footage to the tabloid website TMZ.
Deputy Michael Dingman, 47, turned himself in this morning and was arrested and charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence; unlawful use of a two-way communication device; violation of public records law and criminal use of a public record or public records information.
Dingman had been suspended with pay since January while BSO completed their investigation. Now his status is suspended without pay.
According to Dingman’s arrest report, he says he didn’t get paid for giving the video to TMZ, though the website routinely pays big money for footage like that.
“Do you guys think I made money on this thing? Because if so, I didn’t You can search my bank records if you like, but you aren’t going to find anything,” he is said to have told a detective.
According to investigators, Dingman TMZ isn’t the only media outlet Dingman contacted. After the news broke about the footage being leaked, Dingman is said to have reset the phone to factory settings and submerged it in water, destroying any traces of evidence.