We’ve all heard tales of superhuman strength exhibited by those those soaring on PCP, but psilocybin? Huh. At least Jared Steven Leone knew he needed some help, right? Which is why he strolled into the Beaverton, Oregon police records office at city hall last week and made his presence (and condition) known. “Three officers came out to the lobby and that’s when police said Leone took a swing at one of the officers and a “melee” ensued. Detective Sergeant Jim Shumway reviewed surveillance video of the fight. He said it took the officers six minutes to restrain Leone and take him into custody.” But not before . . .
the ‘shroom-fueled yoot broke a pair of handcuffs (!), grabbed an officer’s gun and fired off a shot.
The officers used Tasers on Leone seven times during the fight, but they had no effect. Shumway said Leone appeared to be unable to feel pain. He was speaking gibberish and acting like he was on drugs.
“Somebody could have been killed from this. This could have been a real tragedy,” Shumway said.
So, retention holster, right?
Bruce McCain, a former Multnomah County Sheriff’s captain, told KATU News that a big concern is about the officer’s holster.
“The whole idea is if you’re in a scuffle, you cannot pull this gun out – even if you popped the top, this does not come out,” he said, demonstrating on his old holster with an unloaded Glock.
He says holsters are typically designed with three security mechanisms to keep anyone from grabbing the gun.
The Beaverton sergeant’s holster may have had only two safety features because his gun may have had a flashlight on it.
Or maybe it had none. Losing control of your firearm has to be on the list of a cop’s biggest fears. Officers we talk to say some jurisdictions require retention holsters and some leave it up to the individual. A call to Beaverton PD was unproductive.