TJC sergeant resigns after safety protocol breach

Published on Friday, 7 February 2014 21:00 - Written by From Staff Reports

A Tyler Junior College police sergeant has been resigned after an incident involving an unloaded gun in a Law Enforcement Academy class.

Sgt. Reginald “BJ” Williams on Monday re-enacted a mistake a previous cadet class member made in handling their firearm after being sprayed with pepper spray, TJC spokesman Fred Peters said.

However, Williams failed to tell the cadets ahead of time that the gun was unloaded, so at least some of the cadets assumed it was loaded, Peters said. That was a breach of firearms safety protocol, according to an email from Peters.

Williams notified college officials of the incident after it happened and TJC Campus Police investigated it.

The college asked all of the class’ cadets to provide statements and reviewed those statements on Thursday, Peters said.

“Following an internal review of an incident that occurred during a weapons demonstration at the TJC Law Enforcement Academy on Monday, Campus Police Sgt. Reginald “BJ” Williams has tendered his resignation,” Peters wrote in the email. “As a result of the review, TJC Campus Police determined that a necessary safety precaution did not take place as required. The institution considers safety to be paramount in all types of training and follows up with all concerns presented. In this particular case, the trainer failed to meet the established expectations.”