The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department union chief beats an Indiana prosecutor who he says failed to use the state’s guns law against the alleged FedEx shooter.
Marion County Attorney Ryan Mears has admitted that his office refused to hold a competence hearing against Brandon Hole, 19, last year as permitted under the Guns Act.
One such hearing could have happened when a shotgun was confiscated from Hole last year after his mother told police officers she feared he was about to commit suicide by a police officer, officials said.
The lack of hearing paved the way for Hole to legally buy the two weapons he used in the massacre, the police union leader complains, according to local broadcaster WLKY.
Eight people died in the FedEx massacre.
“Why didn’t the prosecutor request the hearing that the law requires? Why didn’t the public prosecutor use all available legal instruments? Why didn’t the prosecutor try? “Said the fraternal order of Indianapolis Police Commissioner Rick Snyder, who added that Mears” did not do its part “.
Officials outside the FedEx facility where mass shootings took place on April 15, 2021.Getty Images
According to the law, prosecutors had to submit their case against Hole to a judge within 14 days and convince them that Hole had a “high propensity for violence”.
If they had failed, Hole would have got the gun back.
“In this particular situation, we had a case where it was only a single incident, no other incidents were reported to us, the gun was taken out of the house, and an agreement was made that the gun would not be returned.” Mears said.
Republican Indiana Senator Erin Houchin told WLKY that in the case of the possible FedEx shooter, the law “could have worked the way it should.”
“I think if the prosecutor had followed the red flag procedure on this case, the 19-year-old might not have been able to buy a second gun after the family volunteered that gun,” said Houchin.