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2/11/2013 9:28:00 PM
Retired Calif. officer faces possible assault charges
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

The Yavapai County Attorney's Office is reviewing whether felony assault charges will be filed against a retired California law enforcement officer in connection with a Jan. 22 incident in which witnesses said he pointed a firearm at an employee outside a store and said he was a police officer.

The suspect's name is not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people who have not yet been charged. He has denied he drew a gun on anyone.

The case was sent over to the county attorney's office for a review of charges during the last week of January, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said on Feb. 4.

"This case is still pending review with our office," Penny Cramer, administrative assistant for the county attorney, said Monday.

Shortly after noon on Jan. 22, a Prescott police officer answered a call from a man who said a man driving a black Cadillac Escalade with an Arizona license plate pointed a gun at him while he was working outside a store in the 1000 block of Commerce Drive.

The man told the officer the driver entered the store's driveway at high speed, so he called out to him to slow down, but the driver said, "I'm not going that fast," according to the police report.

The man said he told the driver to slow down again because, "we have kids out here," but the driver allegedly cursed and drove around the building.

The man told the officer he ran to the other side of the building and yelled out, "what did you say to me?" when he was 20 feet from the driver.

Another employee said he heard the man call out, "what did you say," so he approached the driver's side door to see if the driver was dropping off a donation.

Both men said the driver reached into his sports utility vehicle, pulled out a handgun from near the center console, threw a holster back into the SUV, and pointed the gun directly at the man who confronted him.

They said the driver put the gun away as the employee walked toward him and asked the driver to leave. The driver asked to see the manager, so the other employee went to get the manager, but the driver was gone when he returned.

The officer traced the license plate, called the driver, and they met at the police station. The driver told the officer when he entered the store's driveway a man told him to slow down, but he didn't think he was driving too fast, so he cursed at him.

The driver said he drove around the store to the donation area, parked, saw the man running toward him with clenched fists, asked an employee to call the manager, and reached into his vehicle for his cell phone.

Afterward, the driver told the officer he left the store and donated the items elsewhere.

The officer asked the driver why witnesses said he pointed a gun, but the driver repeatedly said he never drew a gun on anyone, according to the police report. He said he had a gun in the center console, which the officer found in a holster, and placed into evidence.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Keep it Simple

If this retired officer, or, for that matter, anyone who is found guilty of pointing a gun at an individual, should never be permitted to own a gun again,ever, period. BTW, how long does it take to investigate an incident like this?

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Puttin' down the po-po

How would you feel if this guy were not a former police officer?? Everybody just loves hatin' the cops.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: ronald raygun

Just a good guy with a gun, taken care of bidness.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

Just more bad cops being exposed. Why do we put up with the overboard aggressive police in Prescott and Prescott Valley? Vote these sheriffs out of office and get an honest police department. That is one which is not always involved in controversy, abuse and criminal behavior by our police.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: so sad

he will get away with it sorry just seen to much lately. his word over two other men he has a badge. by the way i see a cabin burning in cal he has a badge also have a good day..

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Just Sayin'

To Poor Training: That particular employee is hired to do just what he did- try to maintain order in the area he is assigned to work in. This person saw a potentially dangerous situation, and reacted the best possible for a situation in which things were happening fast. Why do some of you always take the side of the perpetrator????

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: D D

Cops cover cops. This is policy. Citizens are prey. The LEOs are predators.
"A police force is a standing army. The enemy of the army are the citizenry." Care to guess who said that quote?

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Very Interesting

This sounds very serious and I hope that it is investigated thoroughly. If this ex-officer is guilty, I hope that he/she is punished just like anyone else would be.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Sally VanKleeck

I sure would like to know the outcome of this incident, I wonder if we ever will?
Courier, please keep on it. Thank you!

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: My first thought was

This couldn't be Buz could it? Guess we'll just have to wait until the "investigation" is completed. Any news on the police m/c gang or the Fain relative dui case? Times a wasting.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: YES SIR

Must be the economy . Sure seems like protect and serve is committing a lot of crime . I guess if you can get away with it -- might as well do the crime ... KMA 367

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Coari

The full facts and circumstances of this case remain to be verified by the PPD, but apparantly the retired officer admited he "cursed" at the fellow who asked him to slow down.

Just on the basis of that admission, I am ashamed of the way this former Californian is behaving in Prescott. As a former law enforcement officer, and a former Californian, this fellow should be grateful to be living in a place as nice as Prescott and treat his new neigbors with respect.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: New Gun Law

If found guilty, this man should never be allowed to own a firearm again.

If he chooses to do so, he will be a criminal.

Therefore perpetuating the belief that only criminals behave badly with guns.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Garry Owen

the old boy network will sweep this under the rug.

The law does not apply to retired cops.

Professional Courtesy

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

How about one year in anger management and two years supervised probation if this is true.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Local Yokel

Another member of the Iron Brotherhood...? Or, maybe just one of their "prospects". If it would have been you or me, we'd have been arrested and charged. Word.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Just Sayin'

I am familiar with a side of this. I would hope that the driver would be truthful about his actions. Remember, there are cameras everywhere... Is it worth it?

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: An American

Got to love honesty and integrity... Wonder who the liers are in this story,,

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Poor training

This employee needs better training, whether he thought a car was going to fast or not he should of just informed the manager,

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Grey Foxridge

What exactly is this guy in trouble for? Sounds as if like me he moved to AZ. to be able to carry a gun with him so he cvan defend himself from angry,possibly violent people who might confront him. He probably just wanted to make sure it was know that he could and would protect himself if need be.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: my thoughts

Come on, after all the guy said he was once a police officer ... so of course he is being totally honest about what happened. I know I always point my cell phone to show people know how tough I am. Being it was about another cop it will go into the same round file as the Iron Brotherhood fiasco.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: O My

What happened to the local cop gang members? Looks like another white wash by DPS

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