Enid Fire Captain Fired, Accused Of Pointing Laser At Airplane


Tuesday, December 15th 2015, 7:39 pm
By: Aaron Brilbeck


A longtime Enid fire captain has been fired after he was accused of shining a laser into the cockpit of an airplane.

Now, the former captain's lawyer plans to appeal the firing. 

He said his client is being targeted for other reasons.  

Captain Denton Morgan served with the Enid Fire department for 17 years. His career came to an abrupt end Monday night.  

It's all after Morgan was accused of pointing a laser sighted veterinary dart from his home near the Enid Woodward Regional Airport into the cockpit of a UPS Plane.  The airport director said that's extremely dangerous.

Monday, the Fire Civil Service Commission decided to fire Morgan, not because the board believed it had enough evidence that Morgan had used the laser, but because the board believed he lied about using it. 

Morgan's attorney said his client is a scapegoat for the city.

A spokesman for the Enid Fire Department refused to answer our questions on camera.

Morgan's attorney said his client is being targeted by the city for complaining about additional noise caused by the airport's recent expansion, and that's what cost him his career.

The Garfield County district attorney's office said they have no information about whether criminal charges will be filed against Morgan.  

A spokesman for the FAA said it will be up to the Justice Department to determine any federal charges.