TULSA, okla. – A Tulsa police officer is charged with firearms.
Officials from the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and the Tulsa Police Department announced this during a press conference Thursday afternoon.
According to authorities, Officer Latoya Dythe and her boyfriend Devon Jones were charged this week with making false statements to an arms dealer.
Tulsa police chief Wendell Franklin says the report first reached her Crime Gun Unit, where Dythe used her authority as a police officer to illegally purchase a gun in April. Dythe reportedly went into the Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow to purchase a pistol and told the arms dealer that the gun was for himself. Dythe reportedly later gave the gun to Jones in the parking lot, saying Jones gave her money to buy the gun.
Jones is currently in custody and is facing unrelated state charges.
U.S. attorney Trent Shores said Dythe surrendered on Thursday at 11 a.m. and later appeared in federal court where she pleaded not guilty. He added, “Nobody is above the law and we will do our work to hold those who break it accountable.”
The Tulsa Police Department announced that Dythe has been suspended without pay.