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PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Three Pigeon Forge police officers have been fired following an investigation into an alleged plan to shoot other officers.
Police Chief Jack Baldwin says audio recordings from a June 8 meeting revealed officers Trinity Brown, Jefferson Thigpen and Michael Musgrove discussed a plan to shoot and kill the first shift of officers, which includes around 10 officers.
"That's not conduct that we want to tolerate," Baldwin said. "I think it's definitely very serious. We take it serious."
The plan was never carried out.
Chief Baldwin said last month the department was investigating a harassment complaint made against the officers, leading to the discovery of the cruiser video recordings.
At that time Brown, Thigpen and Musgrove were suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Here is part of the transcript from the recording:
Musgrove: "You know the go in and shoot and kill all the day shift [plan]..."
Brown: "Yeah, yeah."
Musgrove: "The plan we always talk about? Was it last week or the week before? I was just like mad about something."
The investigation also revealed threats made against the chief.
Brown:" Who would you start with?
Thigpen or Musgrove: "Chief."
Brown: "Don't say no. Standing from a tactical standpoint you got to get rid of the most, the biggest threat first."
No criminal charges have been filed.
Baldwin said that's because no overt criminal action was committed.
Some Pigeon Forge residents told 6 News they were shocked to hear that kind of discussion among local officers.
"Surely we didn't need people that like as a policeman," Bernice Wright said. "We want good citizens in there to keep our community safe and you're not safe if the policeman's like that."