Security Pulls Gun On Uniformed Cop Who Wouldn't Disarm In Gun Free Zone

Security guard Seth Eklund pointed a gun at Deputy Alan Gaston's back, then tried to take him into custody.

Toledo, OH – A security guard at an IRS office pulled a gun on a uniformed deputy and attempted to take him into custody for refusing to disarm.

The incident occurred on May 31, after on-duty Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Gaston stopped by the IRS office at 4 Seagate to ask a question about a letter he had received, WTVG reported.

After he’d walked inside, he was confronted by armed security guard Seth Eklund, who told him he couldn’t have his duty weapon inside the office.

Eklund ordered Deputy Gaston to take the gun out to his vehicle, but the deputy said that he cannot disarm while on duty.

As Deputy Gaston turned and walked out of the office, Eklund followed behind him with a gun pointed at the deputy’s back, security footage showed.

Deputy Gaston said he recalled “basically preparing myself to be shot at that moment,” WTVG reported. “Bracing for a shot in my back.”

The deputy continued to walk away from Eklund, who followed him out to the elevators with his gun still drawn, the video showed.

"There's really no way to know how you're going to act when there's a gun pointed at you and when you think you're going to lose your life," Deputy Gaston said.

With his gun still drawn, the security guard reached out and unsuccessfully attempted to take Deputy Gaston into custody.

Deputy Gaston, a defensive tactics instructor, determined that walking away was the best way to de-escalate the tense situation.

He said he was also concerned that Eklund’s behavior was putting other people in the building at risk.

Meanwhile, an employee inside the 911 office called Toledo police to report that there was a man with a gun inside the building and that he wouldn’t leave, WTVG reported.

The caller didn’t mention that the armed man was a uniformed sheriff’s deputy who was trying to exit the building.

Toledo police arrived at the scene and quelled the situation, and Eklund has since been charged with aggravated menacing.

He is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Deputy Gaston said that Eklund “went 0 to 100” with regards to his use of force, and said that his behavior indicated a lack of training.

The deputy noted that he believes the security guard’s use of lethal force was “unacceptable” in that situation.

Deputy Gaston is currently on medical leave after suffering psychological and emotional distress as a result of the incident, WTVG reported.

He and his wife have filed a civil lawsuit against Eklund and the security company seeking compensation for lost wages and psychological damage.

Eklund and the IRS office have not responded to requests for comment, WTVG reported.

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Sgoldric
Sgoldric

If it's a gun free zone, why does the security guard have a gun?

LukeSolo
LukeSolo

Me wonders what would have been the outcome IF Deputy Gaston was not in uniform... this wanna be is just the type who wonders why he is a nobody in the LEO world! How do you tell a LEO to disarm? That is BS!! If that dumb ass is too stupid to see this is a LEO... then a civil suit would be the least of his problems.

Bracer
Bracer

Idiot.

sighsoft
sighsoft

"I am a state or local law enforcement officer. Can I bring my service weapon with me? No. It is unlawful for armed state or local law enforcement officers to possess a firearm in a Federal facility unless there is an official law enforcement purpose for the visit." This is from the DHS's FAQ on prohibited items in federal buildings. The fact that he was in uniform is why he was given the option to leave and place his firearm in his car and come back, which he refused to do - outside of uniform, this would have gone VERY differently if he walked in there with a firearm. If he didn't want to be without his service weapon while on duty, he could have come back off-duty or made a phone call about the letter in question. Instead, he displayed flagrant disregard for federal law and refused to comply with a lawful directive by a contracted licensed security guard. Just because he was ignorant of the law does not mean that he is allowed to ignore it because he doesn't like it after being informed of it.

ekellz
ekellz

I hold the same job as the security guard in the video. The guard is protected under title 41 and most likely won't get in any legal trouble. The Sheriff was wrong for being there on duty and walking inside with his weapon to handle "personal business". I'm sure there was more dialogue and a PSO/Protective Securtiy Officer (DHS contract guard) does not roll out of bed thinking that he's going to shoot a Sheriff today. Could the situation been handled differently?? Yes, probably. But by law he did what we're trained to do. Inside Federal buildings, we are the authority unless there's another crime being committed that requires police assistance. Then the police and FPS are in charge. He was there violating his own policies of handling personal business on duty. Plus, most police officers know they're not allowed to enter Federal buildings with their weapon unless they their for official business. I'm sure this Sheriff knew this as well.

he733
he733

so everyone here believes race didn't play a factor in this situation? that a white deputy would have gotten the same treatment??

nospinzone
nospinzone

What is this country becoming where sanity is out of the window....I would call the security guard a very lucky fellow.

jimmer1
jimmer1

to all those replying to "burgers allday". This blob of human flesh gets off in his basement on the comments we leave for him. I think the best thing we can do is either ignore this POS in hopes that he eats himself to death or somehow gets blocked from this site.

Corruptbullshit
Corruptbullshit

So cops kill oeople for diing so much less and get away with it and then a security guard DOES HIS JOB and he is in the wrong.. You all are fucking feeling so far above the law that you break it without regard. Then the FOP covers your ass the media covers your ass your leaders cover your ass.. Corruption in the BIGGEST HATE GANG IN THE COUNTRY!!!

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

I didn’t see any video attached to this story so I only have the story to be informed of each individual’s alleged actions. That being said, if the SG Ecklund informed the deputy to return to his car and leave his gun, the deputy said he couldn’t go unarmed on duty but then immediately turned to leave the building anyway why did the SG try to detain him? He would have let him leave to disarm but he’s gonna stop him from just leaving altogether? 1st off the deputy shouldn’t have been there on duty and armed. That’s his wrong. But the guard was gung ho to show this deputy who was in charge and escalated the situation to dangerous levels. He has no business as a security guard with that kind of mentality. Neither one was in the right but the security guard made the situation deadly.

jim174
jim174

The deputy violated federal law by possessing a weapon in a federal building. Unless he was there in an official capacity?!?

And “emotional distress”? If he’s that rattled, he shouldn’t be a cop!!!

JRM1607
JRM1607

Training? Apparently common sense is severely lacking here. Yes, there are idiots among us.

Pack
Pack

Charge him and toss him in jail