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Criminal complaint filed against Chicopee police captain

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A criminal complaint has been issued against a Chicopee police captain for allegedly filing a false police report.

Capt. Mark Gilbert is accused of filing that false report that accused another officer of pulling a gun on him and threatening his life.

The matter centers around an incident that allegedly happened back in 2007.

Capt. Gilbert claims he was threatened by a fellow officer. He claims that Lt. John Provonost pulled out a gun pointed at him and threatened his life.

However, the court thinks he made that all up..and charged him with filing a false police report.

The alleged incident went unreported for almost seven years until former Mayor Mike Bissonnette got word from an anonymous source of the alleged incident.

Western Mass News reached out to Bissonnette Thrusday. He said his sources were rank-and-file sworn officers and said "[the] allegation of one cop pointing a gun at another is a serious matter. I then said that either there should be a written complaint or people needed to stop talking about it as there were enough rumors flying around about the department."

According to Gilbert's statement Western Mass News found in court documents,he claimed Lt. Pronovost had become very religious since the passing of his wife and was speaking too candidly at work about his new practices.

Gilbert also claimed the incident took place when he tried to confront the lieutenant and tell him his actions were unprofessional.

Capt. Gilbert's statement reads "I then explained to Lt. Pronovost that this was a bunch of nonsense and that I was not going to listen to anymore talk of his spirit worshipping. I also told him that i thought it was highly unprofessional. Lt. Pronovost then became very upset with me, stating that if I wanted to see unprofessional behavior, he would provide it. He then removed his departmentally issued pistol from its holster and pointed it at me."

Lt. Pronovost claims none of this happened and filed his own complaint.

After a court hearing, the Holyoke District Court agreed that the allegations seemed false, resulting in the new criminal complaint.

In the court's decision, it was written, "in making the probable cause determination...reasonably trustworthy information sufficient to warrant a prudent person in believing...Mr. Gilbert made a false report of a crime."

Gilbert has now been placed on administrative duties and had to turn in his gun until these charges are resolved.

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