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Sep 19, 2016

Rookie Cop Avoids Criminal Charges on Discharging Firearm during Carnival

A rookie cop who discharged his licensed firearm as the carnival road march was winding down on Saturday is facing disciplinary proceedings. Police Corporal Kris Staine is accused of firing a shot with his licensed Sig Sauer nine millimeter pistol on Princess Margaret Drive within the area of the Nazarene High School. Police are treating the matter internally and are looking to charge Staine for discharging his firearm without just cause which is prejudicial to good order and discipline. Staine reportedly told the officers that some persons were hurling bottles at him so he fired a shot in the air. The department explained today why Staine is not criminally charged. 

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Regional Commander, Eastern Division North

“Upon responding, police officers met an of duty police officer identified as Kris Staine who is a member of Eastern Division South and he was armed with his licensed firearm and according to him, he fired one single shot from his firearm as a result of bottles being thrown at him. With that, the officer was taken, brought into custody…his firearm was retrieved from him; the entire process was done in terms of sealing the firearm and all of that and he is being dealt with internally through our Police Act, disciplinary.”

 

Dezerie Phillips

Reporter

“Why is it that an off duty officer would be in possession of a licensed firearm when he was not working?”

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“Well the firearm…a person is granted a firearm license based on its merit, on the prerogative on the discretion of the Commissioner of Police. And a person getting a firearm license is merely, mostly on the merit of your personal safety, your personal protection which grants you the privilege to carry your firearm wherever you go where it is not prohibited. So there was nothing wrong for the officer to be armed with his personal issued firearm whilst it was out there. There is no breech of any law or anything against that.”

 

Reporter

“Why hasn’t criminal charges been brought? Obviously discharging a firearm in public is a charge that would arise for a civilian.”

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“But when you discharge a firearm in public, you need a complainant to make a complaint…somebody to say that I saw you fire a firearm.  In a police tribunal you need probably cause; in a criminal court, you need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. There has not been a single complaint coming forward from any member of the public to say anybody who has discharged a firearm.”

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