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Potty break, errant gun cause evacuation of courthouse

RON CLAYTON, [email protected]
Originally published 03:34 p.m., September 11, 2007
Updated 03:34 p.m., September 11, 2007

ATHENS, Tenn. â€" A lost pistol caused an evacuation of the McMinn County Courthouse after a court officer forgot to put his weapon back in the holster after using a restroom.

Court Officer Jim King had taken the weapon out of the holster and along with his portable radio laid it in a stall Monday.

Sgt. Greg Walker, who oversees the courts, said when King put fastened his belt, he put the radio in place but apparently forgot his Glock .40-caliber service revolver.

“Knoxville attorney Chuck Burks found the weapon in the basement restroom and came and told me,†Walker said. He retrieved the weapon, and not knowing its owner, contacted County Mayor John Gentry who ordered an evacuation of the courthouse.

“We did not know whether someone had placed the weapon for another person,†possibly an inmate, he said. “We kept the inmates in the courthouse but it was an orderly evacuation for others.â€

During the evacuation, it was noticed that officer King did not have his pistol in the holster. Walker said they realized it was his weapon that was found on the floor.

Sheriff Steve Frisbie said King has been a court officer for 15 years and this is the first time he has had any problems.

He has been suspended for three days without pay for the incident.

“To my knowledge this is the first time anything like this has occurred,†Walker said. He has worked the courts for 10 years. [Which is it? 15 yrs or 10 yrs]
Gentry said even though the incident is serious, it “was an honest mistake†and actually gave them an opportunity to see if the courthouse evacuation plan worked.

He said notifying each office was a problem, and they may try to work out a paging or intercom system so they can notify various offices on the three floors simultaneously.

“That is a glaring weakness in the courthouse,†He said.

The restroom where the weapon was found is in the basement near the Chancery Court offices but also near an entrance door.

More details as they develop online and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.

© 2007, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
 

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Sgt. Greg Walker, who oversees the courts, said when King put fastened his belt, he put the radio in place but apparently forgot his Glock .40-caliber service revolver.
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I didn't know Glock manufactured revolvers. Maybe they make them in .9mm caliber as well. :lol:
 

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Sgt. Greg Walker, who oversees the courts, said when King put fastened his belt, he put the radio in place but apparently forgot his Glock .40-caliber service revolver.
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I didn't know Glock manufactured revolvers. Maybe they make them in .9mm caliber as well. :lol:
I think someone photoshop one once...

Here you go:


Obligatory: Of course he's professional to carry that Glock .40 into a courthouse.
 

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I almost e-mailed the reporter but someone had already posted a comment on the site blasting him on his lack of research/knowledge of firearms.
 

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They have at least corrected their comment about his Glock. It also looks like they have removed all comments on this article. I can't see any now.
 

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VOLGRAD said:
They have at least corrected their comment about his Glock. It also looks like they have removed all comments on this article. I can't see any now.
About it being a revolver? That's still in the linked news article.
 

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I almost choked on my morning coffee when I read the comment from the asshat that 'used to be in law enforcement'.
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Yea, I really hope he was being sarcastic.

You really should have checked Glock's official web site @ http://www.glock.com before you posted your pro NRA right wing BS, because Glock does make a .40 Caliber revolver. In fact, they make several models of the .40 Cliber revolvers. Here are the URL's to Glock .40 Caliber line models. Read 'em and weep:

Glock Model 22 - http://www.glock.com/english/glock22.htm...

Glock Model 23 - http://www.glock.com/english/glock23.htm...

Glock Model 27 - http://www.glock.com/english/glock27.htm...

Glock Model 35 - http://www.glock.com/english/glock35.htm...

Typical PRO right wing NRA. He posts a comment without checking the facts on the manufacture's website. Any by the way, I do know what I'm talking about cause I used to be in law enforcement. The reason why you don't have one is because Glock only sells certain models to law enforcement agencies only. No pro NRA crazies allowed.
 

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This is really strange - when you click on my original link you can see the original story and the comments. When I went through the paper's homepage this morning (as I usually do each morning) the only thing I find is the corrected story and NO comments. Interesting?
 

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even when I Ctrl + R it, I still get the original story with comments. Not sure what happened, there. They probably still have the old story linked there. Did you compare the links? Are they different?
 

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Ah yea, it's different. Dated today, too. Different posting, that's why the comments seem to have disappeared. Makes sense now.
 
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