Reno police sergeant demoted after gun sale

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.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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