Wright State University's Top Barney Fife, Chief of Police Michael Martinsen, as a *PROFESSIONAL* and "Only One" went to the restroom on campus . . . and left his gun there.
WSU's police chief
leaves gun behind toilet; WSU’s top cop says
he’s ‘humiliated’ after leaving weapon in bathroom.
By Lou Grieco
Wright State University Chief of Police Michael Martinsen said he was
“humiliated” to learn that he left his service weapon lodged
behind a pipe attached to a public toilet.
“I lost focus for
a minute,” Martinsen said. “So I humiliated myself in front of
the police officers.”
A student found the gun Monday morning
and turned it in to university officials.
Martinsen said he
was going to a meeting Monday when he stopped to use the
He said there was urine on the floor and he was
concerned that the weight of his gun would pull his belt and pants
into the urine.
So after he hung up his coat on the hook, he
pulled out his gun and stuck it behind the toilet’s intake pipe. In
a rush to get to his meeting, he forgot the gun, he said.
said he had been a police officer for 26 years, including time on
Special Weapons and Tactics teams. He has never before left his
weapon in a public place he said.
As punishment, Martinsen
said he had scheduled four hours of firearms safety training for
himself. He said that, if one of his officers had left his or her gun
in a public place, that officer would likely be counseled, but not
remanded to training.
“I’m actually doing more to myself
than I would put someone else through,” he said.
Heddleston, a university spokesman said that Martinsen had briefed
the administration and that his self-punishment would be
“As far as we’re concerned, it’s over,”
Heddleston said. “He’s been talked to and he
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