Firefighter given two-year probation

A firearms charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:45 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

A Columbia firefighter received a nine-month suspended sentence and two years of unsupervised probation Tuesday in connection with an October incident in which he was accused of holding a gun to his girlfriend’s head.

Lt. Travis Gregory, a 10-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated — reduced from a felony to a class A misdemeanor.

According to an Oct. 22 probable cause statement by Columbia police, Gregory’s girlfriend told police that during an early-morning argument he pushed and slapped her repeatedly, banged her head on the floor and would not let her leave the residence where the argument took place. She also told police that Gregory took a loaded handgun from his nightstand, pointed it at her head and then at himself, the statement said.

Gregory turned himself in the same day charges from the incident were filed, Capt. Brad Nelson, of the Columbia Police Department, said in a previous Missourian report.

After the incident, Gregory was placed on temporary leave, Fire Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said in a previous Missourian report. But he was allowed to return to active duty before his scheduled court date, Sapp said.

As conditions of his sentence, Judge Larry Bryson ordered Gregory to complete counseling, not possess a firearm while on probation and have no “unlawful contact” with the victim.

Further disciplinary action against Gregory by the Columbia Fire Department “remains to be determined,” Sapp said Tuesday afternoon. “We will make a decision after we are officially made aware of the judicial outcome.”

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