Alan Gaston, Lucas County Sheriff’s deputy stopped by a local IRS office on May 31 to ask a question about a letter he received. Gaston was in full uniform, you know, a uniform that clearly identify him as a police officer and give him reason to have a radio, taser and a gun with him. So he was surprised when a security guard Seth Eklund aka “Paul Blart” came to him and asked him to leave his gun in his car. Gaston informed the security guard that as a cop he can’t do that. That’s when Blart drew his weapon and the conversation ended. Gaston left the office.
Luckily the entire debacle was caught on tape. In the video Blart can be seen following the cop into the hallway with his gun drawn trying to take Gaston into custody.
“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,” said Gaston.
Gaston, who works with the police department as a defensive tactics instructor, says that he kept trying to de-escalate the situation by walking away.
Gaston told the news station that while he was concerned for his own safety he was also worried about the other people in the building who may be hit if this crazed security guard began firing.
Gaston and his wife have filed a civil lawsuit against Eklund “and the security company seeking compensation after Gaston allegedly suffered emotional and psychological distress and lost wages.”
“I would say ‘Clearly your training is lacking and the fact that you went 0 to 100. Lethal force is unacceptable,” said Gaston who is currently on medical leave from his job as a cop.
Eklund is facing one charge of aggravated menacing and is set to be in court next week.