The officer immediately spots the mistake…
The officer that searched Hartman missed the handgun, and Austin Police Association President Wayne Vincent says he knows exactly why.
Vincent said, “It’s just another stark reminder that we as police officers cannot let our guard down no matter who we think we’re talking to and who we’re dealing with.”
The officer performed more of a pat down than an actual search. If a suspect is detained, but not arrested, it’s appropriate to pat them down. If a suspect is arrested, a full out search is required.