A security guard is facing charges after video shows him pointing his gun at an on-duty police officer after he refused to disarm himself before he entered the offices of an IRS building on May 31. The officer has since filed a civil suit against the security guard after he claimed he suffered emotional and psychological distress from the incident.
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The incident took place after Lucas County Sheriff’s deputy Alan Gaston stopped at an IRS building in Ohio to ask a question about a letter he had received in the mail. Gaston, who was in his full uniform, walked up to Seth Eklund, the security guard on duty.
According to the Daily Mail, Eklund refused to answer the officer’s question until he walked back out to his car and put his firearm back in his patrol car. Gaston explained he could not do that since he was still on duty.
Acknowledging he was getting nowhere, Gaston decided to head out and come back later. To his surprise, Eklund pursued him with his firearm aimed at the officer’s back. Once Gaston turned around, he saw Eklund pointing the gun at him.
The guard even tried to apprehend Gaston who was trying to leave the property. Gaston, who has obviously been in tricky situations before and is a defensive tactics instructor, immediately tried to deescalate the situation by walking away.
“(I was) basically preparing myself to be shot at that moment. Bracing for a shot in my back,” Gaston told ABC13. “There’s really no way to know how you’re going to act when there’s a gun pointed at you and when you think you’re going to lose your life.”
Someone inside the office called 911 and claimed someone had a gun and was refusing to leave the premises. Officers arrived on scene expecting a shootout, only to find Gaston and Eklund standing by the elevators.
Both were free to go once the other officers arrived on the scene and determined what had happened. Gaston has since been placed on medical leave and is suing Eklund for emotional distress from the incident.