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Deputy waves gun in business
Bates relieved of badge, gun while charges pending
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An off-duty Van Buren County sheriff’s deputy faces felony charges after he walked into a business looking for his wife and reportedly pulled a gun when he didn’t get the answer he wanted.
The deputy, Travis Bates, 26, of McMinnville, is charged with aggravated assault, a crime that carries three to six years in prison. His gun and badge were confiscated by McMinnville police when he was taken into custody. His status with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department has not been revealed.
The incident happened Wednesday when Bates walked into Cash and Dash on North Chancery Street.
“He asked where his wife was,” said McMinnville police detective Tony Jenkins, noting the woman he asked was good friends with his wife.
When she did not answer his question and tell him where his wife was, Bates reportedly left and went to his car.
“When he came back, he produced a gun and pulled back the slide and released it,” Jenkins revealed of the deputy’s apparent attempt to intimidate the woman. “Bates demanded she tell him where his wife was.”
Bates left a short time later after not getting the information he came for. He was taken in for questioning where he admitted pulling the gun while inside the business.
The leadership at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department could not be reached for comment.