(TN) Potty break, errant gun cause evacuation of courthouse


September 13, 2007, 12:54 AM
Potty break, errant gun cause evacuation of courthouse

RON CLAYTON, news@knews.com
Originally published 03:34 p.m., September 11, 2007
Updated 03:34 p.m., September 11, 2007

ATHENS, Tenn. — 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.”

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.

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.


I didn't know Glock was making the .40 in a revolver now! Finally, a Glock that's safe to shoot! :neener:

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September 13, 2007, 03:51 AM
"glock 40 caliber service REVOLVER?" ???

September 13, 2007, 04:28 AM
Now down heah in Hazzard County we all had a right similar thing happen and we called it "A Poop and a Panic."

The Cavalry
September 13, 2007, 07:40 AM
"I'm the only one professional enough to handle this...uh...where'd it go??"

September 13, 2007, 08:20 AM
I'm from Athens. Most of the officers are not this stupid.

September 13, 2007, 08:24 AM
For him to forget his weapon in the stall, must have been one hell of a trip to the bathroom. Perhaps he ate some bad chilli. :eek::p
If would take alot for me to forget my piece in the bathroom. Not impossible mind you, but it would take alot.
As far as polymer frame service revolvers, I bet if Glock made one, everyone would buy it. :banghead:

September 13, 2007, 08:32 AM
Maybe it was the guy who parked beside him in the next stall who had the bad chili. There are a lot of nervous guts in the courthouse.
Perhaps he had to leave in a hurry.
Still, it seems crazy that you would forget your Glock.

*Officer's mental note: one more thing in the Batman belt. Small container of Purell for the glock service revolver and radio after I put them down in the john...*

September 13, 2007, 03:40 PM
Was that a Glock .40 REVOLVER or one of the new Sig .40 REVOLVERS?

At least he didn't hang it on the coat hook in the stall like the officer did some years ago with a 1911. The safety snicked off, and when the officer went to retrieve the weapon, he grabbed it with his thumb and fingers to unhook it, and depressing the grip safety and hitting the trigger on the hook, he proceeded to put 2 or 3 rounds into the ceiling.

Oh well.......

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