UNION CITY, Okla. – A Union City police officer is facing charges after being accused of stealing and selling a weapon that belonged to another officer.
The officer who had his weapon stolen had reportedly been trying to get the local police department to investigate the case for more than a year.
He finally gave up, taking his allegations to Canadian County authorities.
Tuesday, Canadian County deputies arrested Scottie Brothers, a police officer in Union City for the crime.
Undersheriff Chris West, with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, said, “We’re policing the public and holding them accountable. We have to hold our own accountable.”
Canadian County authorities believe Brothers took a gun from another Union City officer’s home and sold it to a man with a previous felony conviction.
Months later, deputies claim the officer was helping the man who had allegedly purchased the gun and realized it was his missing weapon.
He immediately began investigating.
West said, “Brothers never really readily admitted that he took it. He did agree to pay the $100 back to the individual.”
Deputies say the victim took his evidence to the Union City police chief.
West said, “He advised us on several different occasions he tried to take these to his chief at the Union City PD and had been met with resistance.”
Union City police officials would not go on camera but we’re told an official complaint was never filed by the officer making the accusation.
Canadian County authorities say they are disappointed that the situation has ended this way.
City Councilman Larry Maples was at a press conference on Wednesday.
He said, “I guess I’m sad for our town to have to go through something like this.”
He said the council will likely discuss the situation at future meetings.
Brothers is being held on a $4,000 bond.
As for the convicted felon who purchased the gun, he will not face charges because he has been so helpful in this investigation.
The Union City Police Department released the following statement:
“The officer has been suspended without pay until further notice. The department was aware of the allegations made against the officer. The alleged victim never filed an official complaint with this department. The police department was advised by legal counsel that a written complaint had to be filed. The police department was then going to turn the investigation over to Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. The Union City Police Department has the utmost confidence in the justice system and believes the facts will be presented in court. The Union City Police Department is dedicated to serving our community with pride and will continue to do so.”