In an strange change, authorities have received a gun-violence restraining get to disarm an lively San Jose police officer, subsequent a domestic get in touch with in Morgan Hill before this thirty day period in which he reportedly met responding officers whilst carrying a loaded gun, according to authorities and court docket documents.
Bruce Barthelemy, a 14-calendar year SJPD veteran, is the subject of the Feb. 13 buy that compelled him to quickly surrender his firearms to community law enforcement and has a March 4 court docket hearing to assess his exercise to continue to keep them, according to a duplicate of the order that was submitted with the Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday.
In response to an inquiry from this information corporation, the San Jose Police Section only verified that Barthelemy has been on administrative leave considering that Feb. 15 — two times just after the Morgan Hill come across — and declined further more remark, citing personnel privateness restrictions. Barthelemy, by the section, also declined remark.
Gun-violence restraining orders were being instituted in California in 2016 with the purpose of empowering law enforcement and relatives customers or cohabitants to get a judge’s purchase to consider firearms absent from a gun proprietor they concern could grow to be imminently violent. They very last three weeks but can be prolonged to a year if a decide finds cause to do so.
The most widespread application of the orders has been for men and women who have designed threats of violence versus workplaces or universities, or exhibited deteriorating psychological wellbeing that prompted either police or a relative or roommate to be involved about them having gun access.
Which helps make the purchase submitted for Barthelemy a rarity. While broader state info on the orders have shown that at least just one previous officer remaining a topic, there is no file of a single remaining attained for an lively police officer in Santa Clara County, which is one of the state’s leading jurisdictions in utilizing the orders.
The gun-violence restraining get submitted against Barthelemy stems from a police get in touch with made from a property in Morgan Hill — the officer life in the metropolis — after he and a woman received into a drunken argument, in accordance to the buy and a source acquainted with the incident.
Morgan Hill law enforcement Officer Kyle Tolentino, who filled out the order, wrote that Barthelemy allegedly pushed the person he was arguing with, and “would not leave” the dwelling. The person who named law enforcement described getting “concerned with family safety” in determining to warn authorities.
Responding officers approached Barthelemy in entrance of the residence and noticed him with “a firearm on his human being that was loaded,” and reported that he would harm himself if he was arrested, Tolentino wrote. In the late evening of Feb. 13, Judge Daniel Nishigaya accredited the gun-violence restraining get, which demanded that Barthelemy surrender his firearms inside 24 several hours.
Barthelemy is a person of the more outstanding line-level officers at SJPD, possessing been concerned in many higher-profile arrests and 3 police shootings all through his time with the department. In November 2012, he came to the support of an officer who was pinned down by gunfire from two carjacking and murder suspects and returned fire, wounding a person of the gunmen and ending the menace. In March 2013, Barthelemy was part of a group seeking to arrest a person suspected in a murder and shot and killed the gentleman as he reportedly drove at the officer.
And in July 2015, Barthelemy was just one of various officers who exchanged gunfire with a carjacking suspect during a town-huge chase, but no a person was strike.
Barthelemy was also discovered liable for excessive power in 2014 for a 2009 when subduing a person in the course of a sound grievance response at the Hilton in downtown San Jose. A federal appellate courtroom ruling that upheld $45,000 in punitive damages affirmed a jury’s obtaining that he exercised ” ‘callous indifference’ in pushing Plaintiff towards a wall and, with no warning, sweeping his legs out from less than him, when he offered no risk to the security of the officers or other folks.”