New York state commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Jerome M. Hauer, allegedly took out his handgun and used the laser attached to the barrel as a pointer during a presentation during a presentation to a foreign delegation on Oct. 24.
According to public officials, three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser passed through their heads on its way to the map of New York.
Hauer, who was disabled by a stroke a few years ago, is not a law enforcement official. However, he does carry a loaded 9-millimeter Glock with him in a holster into state buildings.
Hauer, as well as his communications officer, Peter Cutler, did not deny that the incident happened. “I’ve heard rumors,” Cutler said, unaware that it occurred. “Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t have any information on that.”
When Hauer was asked directly by the Albany Times Union if he really did use his gun as a pointer in a presentation, he said, “You have bad sources.” He also did not want to take follow-up questions.
According to one eyewitness in the conference room, two people in front of Hauer quickly got out of the way of the laser when he took out the gun.
The Daily Caller reported that Hauer is paid a salary of $136,000. Before his current position working for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hauer was director of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management under Mayor Rudy Giuliani.