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Strip club shooting has some questioning current guidelines for 'moonlighting' off-duty officers, deputies

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Many police officers and sheriff's deputies work second jobs while off duty, but a recent fatal shooting involving a "moonlighting" Birmingham cop has some wondering what, if any, guidelines are currently in place for the more industrious members of law enforcement.

The questions come after an off-duty officer who was working a second job at Foxx Trap Gentleman's Club shot and killed a security guard. Prior to the shooting, the guard, according to police, fired a weapon of his own at another club employee, garnering the attention of the off-duty officer. The moonlighting cop, with his gun drawn, ordered the guard to drop his weapon, but his demands were ignored, police said. The guard was then shot multiple times and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The club, which had its business license revoked by the city council prior to the incident, remained open after a judge granted its owners a temporary restraining order. But just days after the recent shooting, a judge lifted the order, shutting down the Foxx Trap until a final decision on the long-term future of the business is made on Friday.

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