Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer Investigated For Selling Guns Without A License

Federal officials are investigating allegations that the former head of a Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation field office has been selling guns without a license, according to the Associated Press.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been investigating Special Agent Jay Smith at the DCI office in Superior, Wis. for several months, spokesman Bob Schmidt confirmed Thursday to the AP.

The man who raised the alarm on the gun sales, DCI Agent Dan Bethards, claimed in his whistleblower complaint to the state’s justice department that Smith had been selling firearms to other law enforcement officers. Bethards also alleged that Smith told local law enforcement agencies that he was suicidal and dangerous, per the AP report.

(via Green Bay Press Gazette)

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