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I-Team: Despite Probation, Court Officer Back on Duty

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LAS VEGAS -- A peace officer currently on probation for a gross misdemeanor has returned to his post at the Clark County courthouse.

Court Marshal Travis Best pleaded guilty to conspiracy for an off-duty incident involving his neighbor and Best's firearm. Though best is currently on probation, he has returned to his post in Justice Court 14. What we don't know is why.

The court refuses to comment on the reason for his return or on the identity of the person who made that decision.

According to a police report, the incident last June initially resulted in a felony weapons charge for Best. It was later negotiated to one count of conspiracy.

Best told police he pulled his gun to stop a driver he believed was speeding in a residential neighborhood. The courtroom marshal claimed he displayed his badge and yelled stop before drawing his weapon.

In a subsequent report to the court, Best explained he had "immediate concerns" for the safety of several teenagers in the street.

Court policy forbids marshals to engage in law enforcement activity off duty unless for the immediate protection of life or limb.

Greg Ordaz, the driver Best pulled his gun on, denies speeding. In an interview in March, he said he thought he was being carjacked.

"When I realize it's a gun at my head, I said, 'Well, what's going on?' He tells me, you know, 'Get out of your car,' and I'm a little bit disoriented so I'm telling him, 'I'm not getting out of my car. What's going on?' and he's like, 'Move and I'll kill you,' and that's all he keeps repeating, 'Move and I'll kill you,' and, 'Get out of your car,'" he said.

Following Best's guilty plea, the court relieved him of duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Court policy lists breaking the law as grounds for disciplinary action and possible dismissal.

In another twist, state law requires Best be certified by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. According to state code, a conviction of a gross misdemeanor is grounds for suspension or revocation of that certificate. However, the court did not notify POST, as required, about Best's criminal charge or subsequent conviction.

The commission took 8 News NOW's inquiry as notification and the deputy director said late Wednesday that his staff has asked the court to send the necessary records for review.

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