RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno police sergeant who sold a gun to a mentally ill 19-year-old man has been demoted to officer.
The Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/13IIv5Q ) reports Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson confirmed the demotion of Laura Conklin on Friday.
Robinson adds that the department’s internal investigation into the July gun sale is still on-going.
A judge earlier had adjudicated the young man as mentally incompetent to care for himself, making it illegal for him to have a weapon.
Conklin’s lawyer Thomas Viloria tells the newspaper that Conklin was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 10 of last year. The promotion comes with a one-year probationary period and she was awaiting final confirmation.
Viloria says Conklin was told Wednesday that she was not confirmed, though no reason was provided.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com