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Sep 2, 2019

No Gun? No Charges for Coast Guard Officer

ACP Joseph Myvett

According to investigators, the firearm that Coast Guard Officer Brian Orellano used to hit Christian Tuel and fire was not a coast guard issued firearm and is unlicensed. In most cases, such accused persons would be facing firearm offenses which would be automatic jail time while the court prepares the case for trial. In this case, however, there is an issue. According to A.C.P. Joseph Myvett, no firearm charges can be levied if the firearm is not found and investigators do not have the specific firearm.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

 “He is now in police custody pending charges to this incident.

 

Reporter

“Has it been establish if the firearm was a licensed firearm?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Not it is not and it was not a Coast Guard issued weapon. Obviously what the police learned so far is that Mr. Orellano had an issue with one of the Mrs. Teul family prior to the incident.”

 

Reporter

“Sir in instances like these, even though he is a coast guard, he doesn’t have a license for this particular weapon, can it be safe to say that firearm charges can be preferred against him?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well firearm charges can only be preferred against you when those firearms are found and in this case the firearm has not been found.”

 

Reporter

“Any expended shells?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Yes, one shell was recovered from the scene.”

 


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