Asst. prosecutor suspended

An Assistant Prosecuting Attorney has been suspended in Logan county following a reportedly benign incident involving a gun in the prosecutor’s building on Main Street in downtown Logan.

The incident reportedly occurred Oct. 5 after workers in the prosecutor’s office decorated for Halloween.

Assistant prosecutor, Chris White, however, reportedly took offense at the decorations containing numerous fake spiders strewn about in webs throughout the office.

White reportedly became upset, pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot all of the spiders.

White’s actions reportedly frightened several workers at the prosecutor’s office, the gun was reportedly unloaded.

Logan County Prosecutor John Bennett confirmed the Logan County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) is conducting an investigation into the incident.

When asked about the possibility of criminal charges being filed against White, Bennett stated, “There’s always that possibility. I certainly can’t rule out anything, at the moment. I can’t make up my mind before I see all of the things that are presented…”

In an interview with the Logan Banner, Chief Deputy Mayes, with the LCSD, explained the investigation is focusing on whether or not White’s actions carried criminal intent when he pulled out his gun.

“Sheriff Porter and I have spoken with Mr. Bennett, the prosecutor, and…he is cooperating. There are still a few people I need to speak with…At this point we don’t foresee any criminal charges being brought,” Mayes added.

Mayes stated White has been cooperative with the LCSD investigation and noted White possess a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Sheriff’s Dept. investigating incident involving firearm

By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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