According to the American Bar Association Journal, the Waco Tribune-Herald and a local TV station, Jarrett aimed a gun at an office window at the McLennan County courthouse complex and pulled the trigger earlier this month.
Jarrett told the Waco Tribune-Herald it was “just an unfortunate accident” and explained that had asked to see his colleague’s new Glock pistol and asked whether it was loaded when he was examining the gun. Assured it was not loaded, and despite a double check, he didn't see a bullet slide into a chamber before he aimed at the window and pulled the trigger.
Reyna issued a statement on Nov. 18 regarding his decision: “In light of the accidental discharge of a weapon that occurred in our office on November 4, 2013, certain changes have been made to deal with the occurrence of this unfortunate incident and the events that followed. Greg Davis has been appointed the new First Assistant Criminal District Attorney. Greg will assume all duties and responsibilities of First Assistant DA. Michael Jarrett has been re-assigned and will handle a special case load designated by myself that will utilize his excellent trial skills, and expert prosecutorial abilities.”
Jarrett did not return a call seeking comment.
In his statement, Reyna added: “I will stand by Michael. He is aware of the mistake he made and has accepted responsibility for his actions. With that said, Michael is also an extremely talented trial lawyer and one of the top prosecutors in the State of Texas. Much of our success at the DA’s office could not have been accomplished without the efforts and tireless work ethic of Michael Jarrett. These and additional actions were necessary to ensure that this type of incident does not happen again and that the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s Office can move forward stronger than we were before.”
Reyna also noted that he would not comment further. But when pressed about whether he will continue to permit his prosecutors to carry guns, in an emailed message sent by his assistant, he said, “He will not be going into what the office policy is right now but there is a policy that is being put into place. As far as allowing prosecutors to carry guns, they are absolutely allowed to carry guns. The idea of not allowing prosecutors to carry guns was never a consideration.”
-- Miriam Rozen