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Sturgeon police chief could lose job

Sturgeon Police Chief Greg Halderman could lose his job after someone felt threatened by his actions.

Mayor Gene Kelly told ABC 17 News the Board of Aldermen will go into closed session this Thursday.

That is when they could vote to oust Chief Halderman.

However, as of Monday it is still not clear if the vote will actually happen.

According to statements, Halderman told investigators he was wanting a new gun.

That is when officer Mike Hanks said he pulled out his gun, took out the clip of ammunition and removed the round from the gun’s chamber, before handing the weapon to Halderman.

Halderman said he pointed the gun at the wall to see how the flashlight on it worked when maintenance worker Aron Carpenter walked into the room.

Carpenter said he sat down and told Halderman to stop pointing the gun at him.

Halderman said he told Carpenter he was sorry and immediately put the gun down.

Still, Carpenter filed a complaint against the chief writing, “Everyday I think about that gun in my face, this has made me very uncomfortable and afraid that a police officer would do this.”

“(Thursday) We will have a discussion, of course, and go over anything else we can think of I suppose. Then we may or may not have a vote. We could go ahead and not have a vote I understand from the city attorney and just go ahead as we are, but we would need three to vote for a dismissal,” said Sturgeon Mayor Gene Kelly.

ABC 17 News was unable to get a comment from Halderman Monday to get his thoughts on the investigation.

The Boone County Sheriff’s department investigated the case and says no false report was filed, and everyone’s story matched up.

ABC 17 News did discover after reading through the investigation, Carpenter, who made the report against Chief Halderman, would not speak to investigators about the incident.

The investigator on the case wrote, “Aron informed me he was advised all questions had to go through the city attorney. I asked Aron who advised him of this. Aron stated city of Sturgeon Alderman Gary Lear.”

ABC 17 News reached out to Lear to ask why a victim of a crime was advised not to talk to police?

We are still waiting for his answer.

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