AF police officer to be jailed in probe of Osan gun incident
February 6, 2009
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The Air Force police officer accused of leaving Osan Air Base with a loaded handgun while off duty will be jailed pending the possible filing of criminal charges against him, officials said Wednesday.
The airman first class is a police officer with the 51st Security Forces Squadron, part of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing. He allegedly checked out a 9 mm handgun from the unit armory and left base with two 15-round magazines sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. Jan. 30.
There were no injuries in the incident, which ended hours later after the squadron’s crisis negotiation team persuaded him to return to base. During the conversation he had talked of killing himself, wing officials have said.
He was to be placed in pretrial confinement at Camp Humphreys sometime Wednesday or Thursday, wing chief spokeswoman 1st Lt. Malinda C. Singleton said.
The wing’s legal staff was reviewing evidence in the case and would recommend to 51st Security Forces Squadron commander Lt. Col. Jon-Paul Mickle what charges could be preferred under U.S. military law.
It will be up to Mickle to decide "what charges will be brought and will not be brought against this person," Singleton said.
The airman phoned his wife the night of the incident, and she phoned her husband’s squadron and told them he was off base, Singleton said.
Air Force investigators have questioned her as part of the investigation, Singleton said.
Wing officials declined Wednesday to disclose further details in the case.