Reynolds is licensed to carry a firearm while on the job but is not authorized to carry a high-powered assault weapon. Court records show he has been arrested twice on charges of theft, in 2004 and 2006. Both times adjudication was withheld. He did not serve jail time.
Bosque told his commanders that he gave the rifle to Reynolds for safekeeping when he became concerned about leaving it in his police car while his car was being serviced in the departments motor pool.
He also gave Reynolds a bulletproof police vest with the word POLICE on the back.
But Axelrad said that Bosque stored the rifle in the locked trunk of Reynolds Toyota Corolla sedan, which was parked inside a secure concrete warehouse that Bosque uses to for his business. Only Bosque and Reynolds held keys to the warehouse, Axelrad said.
The arbitrator did not make a decision Wednesday.
Bosque, who was fired in October, is not collecting a salary. But each time he has faced trouble in the past, he has been reinstated with back pay after an arbitrator ruled in his favor. He has served under 15 different police chiefs in a department that has been plagued by scandal.
I love being a policeman. I love looking in the mirror and the person I see, he said in an interview with The Herald last year.
He likened the effort to have him fired to a witch-hunt, saying that any excessive force hes used in the past was necessary for the safety of himself and others.
He is currently under criminal investigation, accused of battering a suspect involved in a domestic dispute.
I dont want bad cops out there either, Axelrad said. But if an officer hasnt done anything wrong and is being railroaded he should have an opportunity to clear his name.