Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson today confirmed that an officer within his department was recently suspended due to an incident where his firearm discharged at a local establishment.
On March 13, Officer Chase Delatte was off duty at The Crazy Horse Too located on Hwy. 30 within Ascension Parish. During his visit, Delatte made his way to the men’s restroom, where he made an adjustment to his personal weapon, a Glock handgun, which was in an ankle holster. At this time, the handgun was accidentally discharged by Delatte. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Officers were called to the establishment by management. Upon arriving, they found that Delatte was no longer on site.
During the investigation, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office made contact with Delatte, who admitted the incident had occurred. A case report was put on file and the on-duty supervisor with the Gonzales Police Department, Sgt. Gary Ferrari, was notified.
Chief Jackson was then notified of the situation and Delatte was served notification of an administrative investigation. During this investigation, it was found that Delatte was in violation of Gonzales Police Department policy. Delatte was suspended for three days. Although it is lawful for a law enforcement official to carry a concealed weapon into any bar, the Gonzales Police Department has a policy against an off duty officer carrying a firearm into a bar.
When asked about the incident and subsequent investigation, Chief Jackson stated the following.
“An incident involving one of our off duty officers did occur where he was involved in accidentally discharging his weapon at a local establishment. Officer Delatte was not on duty, or at the establishment, in any capacity as a Gonzales Police Officer. I do expect the demeanor and conduct of my off duty officers to be representative of what is expected when they are on duty. Once I was notified of Officer Delatte’s involvement, an investigation was initiated by my office. Our findings led to the recommendation and subsequent three-day suspension of Officer Delatte in regards to his conduct.”
Chief Jackson went on to discuss Officer Delatte in detail, and highlighted the unfortunate nature of the incident.
“While this incident is indeed unfortunate, and better judgement should have been used, Officer Delatte has been an outstanding officer with an exemplary career during his time with the Gonzales Police Department. This is the first incident Officer Delatte has been involved in where any discipline has been required of any off or on duty nature. I know Officer Delatte well and firmly believe him to be an officer of exceptional character.”