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Sussex County Prosecutor Suspended After Prank Goes Wrong

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A Sussex County prosecutor has now been suspended for one month after a prank went horribly wrong in February of 2015. The entire exchange related to an aversion to eggs, a handgun, and the Sussex County Courthouse. 

According to court records, acquired by WBOC, Deputy Attorney General Adam Gelof reportedly had a strong dislike for eggs, and so when another attorney started eating the eggs over his files, he decided to play a "prank." The court records stated that Gelof convinced Chief of Security at the courthouse Delbert Garrison to come into the room "guns drawn."

"Garrison entered the DOJ room," the court document stated. "Drew his firearm and pointed it toward (the prosecutor) stating: 'Gelof says keep the eggs away from the files.'"

The entire exchange was witnessed by a state trooper who happened to be in the room at the time. The trooper then reported the incident to administrators, saying that he almost pulled his weapon in response. 

"This obviously alarmed me," the trooper wrote in an email to an administrator. "And I began to react by attempting to get my weapon. Before I drew my weapon there was a chuckle in the room and the door closed."

The detective told administrators that the situation could have been far worse had he been in a situation where his gun was more accessible.

"I feel that the action demonstrated extremely poor judgment," said the detective. "With regards to the handling of a firearm in the courthouse."

Gelof was given a 30-day suspension for his action, starting on July 1, and also received a reduction in his salary. Garrison meanwhile was given a two-month suspension, was demoted, and was given a cut in pay. The Delaware Supreme Court announced Gelof's punishment in a June 10 court order, which said that Gelof acted irresponsibly. 

"(Gelof) was a seasoned prosecutor," the order read. "And former 'gun deputy' and should have been aware of the potential risks of pointing a loaded firearm at an individual in a courthouse, particularly in a climate where the security of the public, judges, court personnel and lawyers has been an issue following a fatal shooting in the New Castle County Courthouse in 2013. Respondent's disregard of the risk of harm to others was reckless." 

To read the entire order, click here

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