A Chubbuck police officer is under a criminal investigation by the Pocatello Police after he allegedly pulled a gun on another person in an altercation in Poky. Normally, that kind of thing is frowned upon. Although it sets up what you might imagine to be The Great Chubbuck/Pocatello Police Wars of 2011, don’t hold your breath. The officer hasn’t even been charged with anything.
Local News 8 broke the story last night, in which the police painted the situation as, well, sort of not the biggest deal in the world:
The fight happened two to three weeks ago, [Lt. Bill] Guiberson said, but Pocatello has not filed charges yet. It is unclear whether or not that will happen, said Pocatello police spokesman Lt. Paul Manning.
No charges! You heard it straight from Manning, this guy might not face any charges at all. But just who is this mysterious officer anyway?
Well police aren’t releasing the name of the officer who, as it just so happens, is on vacation at the moment. Whether or not he’ll face administrative leave will be decided after he gets back, said Manning. The only thing either department could confirm moving forward is that there is an ongoing investigation at PPD. The Chubbuck Police, on the other hand, are handling it internally as a personal matter.
So what does this mean for the Gunslinging Cop? Well something might happen as a result of the criminal investigation, say, charges for threatening somebody with a dangerous weapon. If that doesn’t happen, and it’s very likely that it won’t, the other guy involved in the fight could press charges himself. With the media attention the story is getting, and will surely continue to get, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he sees this as his golden opportunity.
Right now, police have responded to both those possibilities, as well as almost everything else about the case, with a resounding “we don’t know.” Stay tuned, this could get very interesting.
[via Local News 8]