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Steve Holy threatened by Dallas police; now police may be charged

Thursday, January 3, 2008 – Steve Holy was held at gunpoint by two Dallas police officers in an incident at the singer's home on Dec. 27, and And now the police department is asking the district attorney's office to prosecute the two officers.

The district attorney was asked t file misdemeanor deadly conduct charges about the two officeres. The district attorney's office is reviewing the incident.

Police investigators asked the district attorney to file misdemeanor deadly conduct charges against Officers Randy Anderson and Paul Loughridge, but Terri Moore, first assistant Dallas County district attorney, said prosecutors are reviewing the incident to determine whether more serious charges such as aggravated assault should be filed.

"It will be up to us and the grand jury as to what we think we can prove," Ms. Moore said.

The officers were placed on administrative leave. Police Chief David Kunkle said a disciplinary hearing was expected soon for the two officers.

"It just makes not one bit of sense why they would have drawn their guns and threatened these gentlemen," Kunkle said in a story in the Dallas Morning News. "If the evidence supports what we initially heard they had done, it's a serious crime, and we will make sure that we use all of our influence to get the maximum prosecution on it."

The newspaper quoted Holy as saying, "It's the worst thing I've ever dealt with."

Holy's lawyer said the singer took time off for the holidays in Dallas and went to a bar not far from his house. The newspaper said that Holy saw an off-duty police officer he knew, who introduced him to the two off-duty officers involved in the incident.

Holy and his friend and the officers went to Holy's home to play football in his garage after the bar closed. The first officer left soon thereafter, while the other two remained.

According to police reports, Holy, his friend and the two police officers were drinking and playing football at about 5:30 a.m. when one of the officers questioned Holy's identity.

The report said that the officer "pointed a gun at (Holy's) face and yelled for him to get face down on the floor," the report said. "While face down on the floor, (Holy) felt what he believed to be the barrel of the gun pressed to the back of his head."

The friend told police that the other officer "pointed a gun at his head and told him to get down on the ground" in the garage before the officer went back inside the house. The friend said he then got up, ran out of the garage and ran next door for help.

Holy also told investigators that one of the officers ordered him to go upstairs and get his identification. Holy's attorney said the singer told his wife to call 911 while he was upstairs.

Holy then came downstairs and gave one of the officers his license. The officer "ordered (Holy) back to the ground, pointing the gun at him," the report said.

One of the officers started climbing the stairs, yelling at Holy's wife. As his wife stood at the top of the stairs, Holy tried to get up, but the officer yelled at him to " 'get the [expletive] down' and pointed his gun at him again," the records state.

The officer went back down the staircase "with the gun no longer in his hand and stated to (Holy) he would kill him if he said anything about the incident." He also told Holy to have his wife call 911 back and say they did not need help. The officers then left the house.

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