Texas police chief kicked out of doctor’s office for carrying handgun
By Andrew Shepperson
Conroe Police Department Chief Philip Dupuis. (Photo: The Courier of Montgomery County)
A Texas police chief was asked to leave a doctor’s office Tuesday for carrying his handgun, despite wearing his police badge and ID.
Conroe Police Department Chief Philip Dupuis shared the story on Facebook, saying he had “never been so embarrassed (pissed) in my 35 years of law enforcement.”
Dupuis relayed a more detailed account to Houston’s Channel 2 News about the incident, which occurred while checking in for a Tuesday appointment at the Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in The Woodlands.
“I walked in, gave them my name and my appointment time. They took my information; my drivers license and insurance card and then the clerk asked me to go put my gun in my car,” Dupuis said. “She said, ‘it’s our policy. No guns allowed.’ I said I’m a police officer and I’m not going to put my gun in my car.”
The chief then left the office with his documents, feeling that the staff member had grossly mishandled the situation, and then took to Facebook to voice his concern. After seeing his Facebook post, a manager with the practice later called Dupuis to apologize and issued the following statement: