June 6th, 2009 07:58 PM
Oops - Army SGT screwed up...
Police: Soldier jailed for flashing gun at kids | KOMO News - Seattle, Washington | Local & Regional
Poor judgment from this NCO - wait until is 1SG gets a hold of him and his CO slaps an Article 15...
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By KOMO Staff WEST SEATTLE, Wash. - An apparently intoxicated Army sergeant was arrested after he displayed a revolver at a group of middle school students and yelled obscenities at them near Alki Beach Park.
Police responded to the scene, near 60th Avenue SW and Alki Avenue SW, at about 7 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses said the sergeant was walking with a female friend when he got into a confrontation with the young teens.
He hurled profanities at the teens and pulled up his shirt to display a holstered handgun, frightening the students and many onlookers who were nearby.
Officers located the sergeant about three blocks away and recovered a .357 magnum revolver from his waistband. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and was also carrying a flask of whiskey, police said.
The suspect produced a US Army I.D., which identified him as a 25-year-old active-duty sergeant, and a concealed weapon permit issued by the state of Ohio.
After interviewing victims and witnesses, police determined that the display of the handgun did not appear reasonable in response to any real or perceived threats from the juveniles.
The suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of unlawful carrying and display of a weapon.
The sergeant's immediate commanding officer was contacted and made aware of the situation. The revolver and concealed weapon card were placed into evidence.
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June 6th, 2009 08:49 PM
Yikes, reminds me of an incident with our church's (former Army Ranger) youth leader on our way to a function in Huntington Beach when I was about fourteen. Two black men accused him of being a white supremacist because of the crew cut and camouflage fatigues. This led to him chasing them down with a handgun and mace in full view of all of us kids (no shots were fired and he claimed the firearm was unloaded). That left an indelible impression on me At the time I thought he was so cool...
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June 6th, 2009 08:58 PM
Dang fool, should have known better. Yah, he's going to get it, wonder which way will hurt more. He's probably thinking real hard on that.
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June 6th, 2009 09:05 PM
Way to go Sergeant! Gave the gun haters just what they wanted with your drunkin' unprofessional behavior!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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June 6th, 2009 10:31 PM
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June 6th, 2009 10:54 PM
Good thing the we in the Army wear ACU now instead of BDU. It is easy to change ranks with velcro. I think the good sarge is sure to get his stripes busted for this one.
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June 6th, 2009 11:21 PM
There's always one in every crowd, isn't there? *sigh*
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June 6th, 2009 11:31 PM
this in my opinion raises a few questions. Was he drunk? or did he just have alcohol on his breath? how many teens are we talking about that confronted him?
Not saying he was right in any way he had a laps in judgment and will pay for his mistake. I'm just wondering if the media isn't spinning this to be worse then it is. If were talking about the HS Def Line looking to run a train on this guys girl would he be justified?
Remember BG's are always such angels once you get to court and it was so wrong what the evil man with a gun did.
Just saying I myself need more info.
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June 7th, 2009 12:31 AM
The irony is, in many states, he does not need a concealed carry permit since he is active duty military...
June 7th, 2009 01:46 AM
June 7th, 2009 02:11 AM
Can you expound on this as it applies to the military, versus civilian, regarding state concealed handgun permits? Virginia has an exemption for Troopers who are on active duty, but not for 'just military'. Are you saying that many states exempt active duty military from the provisions of their concealed handgun laws?
Originally Posted by tflhndn
And he would still be in trouble either way.
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June 7th, 2009 12:54 PM
As far as I am aware GA is the only state that allows active duty military to carry without a permit, when not in performance of official duties. Any reference as to other states that allow it?
Originally Posted by tflhndn
June 7th, 2009 12:56 PM
If he is convicted of the charges his military career is over. He will be facing a court martial board and probably a minimum of a bad conduct discharge.
June 7th, 2009 03:11 PM
BIG mistake, actually...HUGE!
He is going to pay a tremendous price for a few moments of stupidity.
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June 7th, 2009 03:46 PM
Yep, the NCO messed up big time. For every soldier with a CCW who messes up there are at least 20 civilians with CCWs who mess up.
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