Tuscumbia police chief: Off-duty officer who pulled gun has been disciplined

Officer Greg Scoggins was placed on paid administrative leave while the Tuscumbia Police Department investigated an incident involving Scoggins and a citizen.

Posted: Aug 30, 2019 7:16 AM
Updated: Aug 30, 2019 3:59 PM

UPDATE: 

Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan announced Friday that Greg Scoggins, the officer who pulled a gun on a driver while off-duty on Aug. 17, has been disciplined. Logan did not say what that discipline entailed. He will be back on duty next week.

Scoggins previously had been placed on paid leave during the investigation of his action. Read about him pulling the gun here

From Logan's press release:

"On August 17, 2019, between the times of 9:30-10 p.m. a resident of the complex made contact with an off-duty Tuscumbia police officer. She was concerned that her sister's ex-boyfriend had been driving through the apartment complex in his Jeep blowing the horn and excessively texting her and wanted to know what to do if it continued. 

"She went outside and observed the vehicle backed in with the lights off across from her apartment watching the apartment. She asked the off-duty officer if he could approach him and let him know it was creating a concern with him being there. The off-duty officer who was walking his dog went into his apartment notified police dispatch to send an on-duty unit to his location.

"The off-duty then made contact with the person sitting inside the Jeep as described by the two ladies. As was seen on a video made by the person sitting inside the Jeep there was a conversation between the off-duty officer and him for over 2 minutes. The off-duty officer requested to see some identification at which the person sitting in the Jeep initially failed to comply with. 

"At some point in the conversation the off-duty officer is seen removing his duty weapon and holding down at his side pointing to the ground. In an interview later with the off-duty officer by a policy review committee the officer said he became concerned that he could not see what the person in the Jeep was doing with his hands and felt it was potentially a threat to his safety. Once the on-duty units arrived the person sitting in the Jeep produced his identification.

"The chief's office was made aware early Sunday morning of the incident by the on-duty day shift supervisor. Later that morning the person that was in the Jeep came to the station to file a formal complaint. Based on the complaint and after viewing the video I appointed a policy review committee to see if the incident was within our policies and procedures.

"The committee reported to me that they felt his handling of his firearm was not consistent with our training.

"As a result the off-duty officer has been disciplined in accordance with our policies for the incident.

"The Tuscumbia Police Department seeks to maintain the highest standards of conduct in the performance of our duties."

From earlier:

Tuscumbia police chief Tony Logan is expected to provide an update on an investigation of a Tuscumbia police officer who pulled a gun out on a citizen. 

The heated exchange happened on August 17th. The citizen, Ryan Williams, recorded part of the exchange on his cell phone and posted it on Facebook. It has since been shared more than 600 times and viewed more than 26,000 times. 

In the video, Scoggins can be heard demanding Williams for his ID. He told Williams he was driving recklessly through the area and that he didn't belong there. The exchange escalates and Scoggins pulls his gun out of his holster. 

Two on-duty Tuscumbia officers arrive and Williams asks to speak to them. Williams again questions Scoggins on why he pulled his gun out. Then the video ends. Williams wasn't charged with anything that night.

Scoggins was placed on paid administrative leave once the police department became aware of the video. An internal investigation is being conducted.

You can read the full exchange here

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