Macomb County District Attorney’s Office investigator resigns after bathroom gun discharges – Daily Tribune
A newly hired investigator at the Macomb County District Attorney’s Office recently resigned after the gun the person was carrying accidentally fired in a bathroom in the office.
The 52-year-old employee had been on the job for less than six months when the handgun the person was carrying was fired at 3:35 p.m. on Friday March 4 inside a cubicle in the building’s third-floor restroom Mount Clemens County Administrative Board. , according to a police report from the county sheriff’s office obtained by The Macomb Daily through the Freedom of Information Act. The .38 caliber Speer bullet hit the side wall of the cabin 6 to 8 inches off the floor, ricocheted and was found on the floor of the adjacent cabin, the report said. A shell casing was found but its location was not specified.
The investigator immediately notified a supervisor and a police report was filed three days later on Monday March 7th.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the ex-employee’s actions did not constitute a criminal charge, so no warrant was sought. The ex-employee agreed to take a firearms safety course through the Macomb Police Academy and the Advanced Police Training Centre, the report said.
“They (his investigators) felt it didn’t meet any of the requirements, so the case was dropped,” Wickersham said.
It is an offense in state law for a gun carrier to allow the gun to discharge “due to carelessness, negligence, or negligence” that damages the property. The offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail for destruction of property worth less than $50 and one year and a fine of $500 for damaged property worth more at $50.
The report said the former investigator had not completed his internship and requested to be represented by the Technical, Professional, and Officeworkers Association of Michigan during the March 7 interview with a sheriff’s investigator.
The Macomb Daily does not name the ex-employee, whose identity could not be confirmed as he was not identified in police reports and has not been charged.
Macomb County District Attorney Peter Lucido said the former employee may in fact apply for the position that is now vacant and would consider rehiring the unnamed individual. He said the ex-employee was “well received” at the office during his first few months.
“I review all applicants and find out who is best suited to do the job and take on the responsibilities for this position,” Lucido said.
The position has not been reported as of Monday on the county’s website.
The employee, a former police officer for more than 25 years, told the responding deputy that the gun’s safety was “engaged” and went off when the “hammer” hit the ground. The person also described the incident in a written statement given to police on March 7.
“As I was pulling down my pants, my gun, which was in my belt holster with the safety engaged, fell out of its holster and fired a bullet hitting the side panel of the cabin, it did not penetrate” , wrote the ex-employee. “I immediately sheathed my weapon and made sure the area was safe. I immediately contacted my supervisor (name redacted) and explained to him what had happened. We returned to the restroom and investigated the area.
The former investigator’s supervisor wrote that he received a call from the former investigator at 3:38 p.m. with “distress” in the voice of the person telling him what had happened.
The supervisor went with the ex-employee to the restroom and noted the presence of burnt gunpowder and damaged “laminate” on the cubicle door and “debris” from the wall to the floor, according to the report.
A sheriff’s deputy indicated slight damage to the “particle board” in the bathroom wall but did not provide a location.
The prosecutor’s office’s handful of investigators not only help investigate cases, but also manage technology during the assistant prosecutors’ trials. The salary range is around $50,000 to $63,000 and $53,500 to $67,500 for the chef, according to the 2022 county budget.