Police chief suspended after pointing his gun at fire chief

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 3:50am
Staff reports

Lebanon Public Safety Commissioner Billy Weeks is in hot water again; this time for pointing a gun at the fire chief’s chest, according to WTVF reports.

Weeks is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident that happened Saturday night during Slammin’ and Jammin’, an annual low rider car show that for years has drawn the ire of local police.

Police keep a close eye on event-goers who line both sides of South Cumberland Street to watch the tricked-out rides cruise between the Public Square and Interstate 40, often setting up lookouts along the route.

In fact, it was at the mobile command post on Highway 231 where the incident occurred.

Fire Chief Chris Dowell and another city employee were sitting in a vehicle and Weeks was standing outside the vehicle. Officials said the two were horsing around and Weeks pulled his gun and put it to the chest of the fire chief.

The latest incident certainly draws more attention to a department that has seen its share of controversy in recent months. In late April, Lebanon City Councilman Kevin Huddleston demanded Weeks resign after a police officer mistakenly shot and killed a suspect. Instead, Weeks added the responsibilities of police chief to his duties as public safety commissioner and then-Police Chief Scott Bowen was shuffled to a grant writing position in City Hall.

In late 2000, when Weeks was police chief, detectives kicked in the door of the wrong house and fatally shot an innocent man. It was after that incident, that Weeks was promoted to public safety commissioner — a position that oversees both the city’s police and fire departments.

5 Comments on this post:

By: kwikrnu on 6/3/10 at 6:25

That police chief sounds like a winner. It also appears as if his officers follow his lead.

By: GUARDIAN on 6/3/10 at 9:16

The chief and fire chief horsing around and the police chief points his gun at the fire chief. OH WELL how old are these people. AND when did the City Paper start selling knock offs. SEE AD ABOVE

By: nashtnman on 6/3/10 at 12:11

Looks like the "good 'ol boys" in Wilson county are having a spat. That’s 2 innocent men gunned down because the gene pool is a little too small in Lebanon. Public safety commissioner and Police Chief, I feel so safe knowing this juvenile "G" man is running things. What a moron. The fire chief should have whooped his ass.

By: Capiscan on 6/3/10 at 4:32

Wait a minute. . . An innocent bystander gets shot on Weeks' watch and he gets promoted??? What goes in Lebanon?

By: WickedTribe on 6/3/10 at 7:58

The worst part of this story is that if the person he pointed the gun at had been your average Joe Blow, nothing would have happened. And if Joe Blow had complained, he probably would have been ticketed and/or arrested.

Stuff like this goes on ALL the time and you only hear about it when it's the fire chief or some other person of importance.