Three Cops from Two Law Enforcement Agencies Accused of Firing Guns Throughout Booze-Fueled Night; 2 Have Ever Ever Heard
Three off-duty associates of two North Carolina law enforcement agencies stand accused of shooting their weapons within the city confines of a small city through an alcohol-infused night in early April.
According to Raleigh-Durham-based ABC affiliate WTVD, two off-duty Chatham County deputies and one Siler City police sergeant were detected by members of their Pittsboro Police Department after callers reported shots fired near several civic buildings.
All three purportedly overburdened police officers initially refused to answer questions in the responding officers, according to Pittsboro police.
Pittsboro Police said in a news release that they”quickly found evidence on scene to suggest that one of those topics was accountable to the shots fired.”
“All 3 subjects were consuming alcohol and initially refused to answer questions,” the launch went on to note. “Multiple soon owned firearms were located on spectacle, further complicating the analysis.”
According to Goldsboro-based CBS affiliate WNCT,”[m]ultiple 911 calls” were made about two shots in the area. The officers were allegedly discovered standing around in a parking lot.
Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson quickly suspended his two deputies pending an internal evaluation. The set was fired later for”dishonesty and several policy violations.”
“As law enforcement, we must be good stewards of public trust,” Roberson stated in his own news release. “Our internal investigation was handled swiftly and professionally, and then we believe the last decision was the best one. Dishonesty or criminal behaviour won’t be tolerated within the positions of the Sheriff’s Office. Fortunately, no one was injured during this event and no property was damaged as a result of the discharge. Our office is working with the investigation and we have verified that no attack occurred.”
“We may not have all the answers, but we can take this as a opportunity to pause and reflect upon what we can do differently going forward,” the sheriff’s statement continued. “These young guys had apparently bright, long careers ahead of them but it may be a battle to fulfill the high demands and expectations associated with this endeavor. As law enforcement, we are educated that firearms and alcohol do not mix. But, we must do much more as a profession to assist officers deal with negative thoughts or feelings in positive, constructive ways.”
Pittsboro Police have stated that numerous criminal charges are currently in the works.
“We’ve been conducting interviews, putting surveillance footage, and collecting as many details as possible,” Pittsboro Police Chief Shorty Johnson said in a statement. “I contacted the District Attorney about April 19th seeing potential criminal charges. We are treating this situation just like any other investigation. Just because someone carries a badge doesn’t mean they’re above the law.”
The Siler Police Department has maintained publicly mum regarding the episode but is allegedly conducting an internal evaluation.
None of the officers allegedly involved with the drink-fueled shooting spree have yet to be identified publicly.
[image via Chatham County Sheriff’s Office]
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