Turns out that a CMPD officer owns the gun that a 3 year old shot himself with while sitting in a parked car with his mother. Gastonia Police continue to investigate as I expect CMPD IA to do the same. It's sad with a citizen does something stupid, its inexcusable when an officer makes the same mistake.
Detective Arvin Fant admitted in court today he discarded his notes regarding the shooting deaths of Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark. Defense lawyers have asked for a dismissal of the case against defendant Demeatrius Montgomery, claiming that the notes may of contained information to support a claim of mistaken idenity.
It's a hard day for a lot of CMPD officers. Radio traffic isn't as chatty and most of CMPD officers are staying on the down low. I imagine it was a harder day for Detective Fant. Who the Observer says has been recently demoted and reassigned to patrol. (It has been pointed out to CP that Fant was only reassigned and not demoted and Observer story has also been corrected.)
I'm not sure how his fellow CMPD officers feel about all this, but I suspect its not all good.
Chief Monore was asked by several media outlets to comment about today's court proceedings and Chief had nothing to say.