There is a bizarre case out of Gonzales, Louisiana where an off-duty police officer named Chase Delatte was cavorting in a strip club called Crazy Horse Cabaret when he went into the bathroom to check if his firearm in his ankle holster was loaded. It discharged and put a slug through the bathroom door. Accordingly to reports, Delatte then went outside, paid his bill, and simply drove home.
When police finally tracked him down at home, officers reported “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from his facial area.”
Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson will only say that his department investigated the incident and appropriate action was taken. Ready for this? The appropriate action of an officer accidentally firing his Glock through the door of a strip club and leaving without reporting the discharge is . . . three days suspension. Jackson does not explain if the officers proceeded to determine how Delatte got home or whether he was given a sobriety test. Instead, Jackson insists “I know officer Delatte well and firmly believe him to be an officer of exceptional character. We are thankful that no one was hurt.” “An officer of exceptional character” who fires a round through the door of a strip club and flees the scene.