Security Changes Discussed After Gun Found In Bathroom At OK Capitol


Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 6:00 pm
By: News 9


Another incident at the state capitol alarmed security on Tuesday after an employee found a gun inside the restroom.

This is the second security breach within a week. News 9 is told the gun belonged to an armed security guard who took it off while using the bathroom on a break. Thankfully it was only left unattended for a few minutes before security was alerted.

“It was three minutes. We tracked from the time of the call to the time the security officer regained her weapon,” said Capt. George Brown, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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Brown told News 9 the employee who found the gun was the only person to come in contact with the weapon.

This most recent mistake comes just days after Thursday night's crash outside. Michael Tate Reed, 29, is now in custody for that incident, accused of running over the Ten Commandments monument with his car.

The two events have prompted OHP to look re-evaluate their security procedures.

“This is a matter we will look into. It comes on the heels of recent events that prompted a review of our security and protocols of the capitol. I can tell you that we will look at that,” said Brown.

Brown said this is the first time something like this has occurred. He expects the results of the OHP review in the next week and says it could prompt changes.