S.D.Ill.: Off-duty officer working store security validly seized weapon

A local police officer was working off-duty security at a grocery store on the night shift. He’d seen defendant in there many times in the previous four years in the store, and defendant was usually under the influence. Plus, the officer went to elementary school with defendant and even knew him from then. This time, defendant pulled a gun out and then put it away, and the officer saw it. He relieved defendant of the gun, and defendant was a felon in possession. The search for the gun was reasonable whether he was acting as a law enforcement officer or private actor. His testimony is credited because he wrote his report three days after the occurrence from memory and never saw the video of the occurrence which is entirely consistent with his testimony. United States v. Cross, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193747 (S.D. Ill. Nov. 22, 2017).

Police were called because defendant was alleged to have punched his mother, with whom he lived, in the face. She consented to a search of the house. United States v. Jones, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193566 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 8, 2017).*

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