See if you can spot a pattern here: Just yesterday, we reported that disgraced Canton cop Daniel Harless was fired for threatening to murder a lawfully armed motorist. And that Harless is now trying desperately to hold on to his job and his pension by claiming that he suffers PTSD . . .
Now comes word that fellow busted badge and IGOTD honoree Ed Owens is playing a similar gambit. He was fired back in November for improperly storing a personal firearm, (with which his three year-old son killed himself) and then abusing his 11 year-old stepdaughter until she recorded an obviously coerced ‘confession’ which the real cops didn’t believe for a split second.
Unlike Harless, Owens isn’t claiming PTSD (for now); instead he’s claiming that his firing was in retaliation for complaining to the Sheriff about the quality of the Stack-On gun safes that he and other deputies were issued for weapon storage. The Vancouver Columbian reports:
A former Clark County sheriff’s deputy fired over violations relating to the accidental fatal shooting of his son has filed a tort claim against the county, alleging his termination was in retaliation for questioning the viability of department-issued gun safes.
Ed Owens is seeking reinstatement and compensation for monetary and emotional damages, his Vancouver attorney, Greg Ferguson, said Thursday.
Owens, a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was fired Nov. 29 following a lengthy investigation into his 3-year-old son’s death and his ensuing conduct. Sheriff’s internal affairs investigators found that he violated six department policies, most of them relating to his behavior with his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
Owens’ son, Ryan, died Sept. 14, 2010, after he got into his father’s malfunctioning gun safe, picked up a Kel-Tec pistol and accidentally shot and killed himself. Investigators said Owens tried to blame his son’s death on the stepdaughter and coerced a false confession from her, according to police reports.
Owens was not prosecuted for any wrongdoing.
Are we to believe that Owens was so distraught over the quality of his gun safe that he bullied and threatened his stepdaughter, lied to other investigators about her actions, allowed his wife to beat the child into a false confession, and forcibly sent her to a mental hospital?
Sorry; not buying it. If he knew the department-issued safe was so dangerous, what kept him from buying his own? After all, his salary was nearly $5,000 a month.
And are we to believe that the real reason he lost his job was a minor dust-up with his superiors about the quality of his issued equipment? And that making false statements to investigators and abusing his stepdaughter aren’t reason enough to send him packing?
Not buying that, either.
At this rate, we’ll need to create a new award here at TTAG called ‘Irresponsible Disgraced Former Cop Of The Day.’ Sadly, there seems to be pretty stiff competition for it.