Former Bel Aire police chief releases response in weapons charges

Bel Aire Police Department (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Former Bel Aire Police Chief John Daily and his attorney are releasing a response to an indictment on federal weapons charges.

The federal indictment alleges he participated in a fraud concerning the purchase of three Sig Sauer Model 716 Patrol rifles and three FN Model PS 90 rifles at a discount and without paying certain taxes.

John Daily’s Statement:

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John Daily (KSN File)

“For more than 40 years, my life has been devoted to protecting and serving this community. Professionalism, ethics, justice and truth are the cornerstones of my law enforcement career. I am deeply disappointed by any news report suggesting that I would knowingly participate in anything illegal.

“My life’s work has been about investigation, finding the truth, and bringing wrongdoers to justice. I intend to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in every way possible to resolve this case and restore my good name and reputation.

“Law enforcement and public service is not only in my blood, it’s been the lifeblood of my family for generations. My grandfather was elected as a Tennessee sheriff in 1895. My uncle was a deputy sheriff in Tennessee, as well. My nephew is a former deputy sheriff in Colorado and now serves as a university police office in Texas. My brother, Jim Daily, spent 42 years in law enforcement, including 12 years as the Barton County Sheriff and 14 years as Newton Chief of Police. My daughter is a former deputy in the Sedgwick County Jail. My wife, Barbara, has been a Sedgwick County 911 supervisor since 1998 and was an EMS technician before that.

“I would never dishonor my family – or any of my fellow brothers and sisters in blue – by knowingly authorizing the purchase of rifles to defraud manufacturers or the government out of one dollar, much less hundreds of dollars. I simply couldn’t do it.

“However, since I was the Chief of Police in Bel Aire when this happened and signed the paperwork presented to me that allowed this to happen, I am ultimately responsible and I accept my responsibility. I put my trust in staff I now know I should not have.”

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