Charges against border officials dropped

Published on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Charges against border officials dropped

By Tara Nelson

Misdemeanor charges have been dropped against two Blaine U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers following an off-duty brawl at a biker bar earlier this year.

The charges stem from an August 9 shooting incident at the Loud American Roadhouse bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, in which Joseph McGuire, a member of the Hell’s Angel motorcycle group was shot by off-duty Seattle police officer Ron Smith, a member of the Iron Pigs, a motorcycle club made up of law enforcement officers.

Smith, along with four other men were present at the time of the incident. Those included U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Scott Lazalde, of Bellingham and James Rector, of Ferndale.
Both Lazalde and Rector faced charges of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Two other men were indicted. They were Seattle precinct patrol officer Dennis McCoy, 58, and Erik Pingel, 35, of Aurora, Colorado, each for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Charges against Smith and McCoy were dropped although Pingel’s case is still pending.

McGuire continues to face various charges stemming from the incident.