A Prince George’s County, Md. police officer has been arrested for first-degree assault and other charges after he accosted a fellow driver.
According to Prince George’s police, Cpl. Joey Torres, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Patrol Bureau, allegedly followed a vehicle that had passed him on the highway and pointed his gun at the driver.
According to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, officers were dispatched on the morning of June 10 to a parking lot on the 700 block of East Ordnance Road in Curtis Bay following a report of a person with a gun.
The armed man was later identified as Torres, who was not on duty at the time of the incident.
According to Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA, the victim was a 47-year-old man, who told police that while driving on Interstate 97 he saw Torres’ Chevrolet Equinox in the left lane in front of him. He moved behind Torres, but Torres slowed, causing the other driver to pass him.
Afterward, the victim exited onto Interstate 695 East with Torres still behind him. The victim then pulled his car into a parking lot, with Torres still in pursuit.
The victim then made an attempt to leave the parking lot, but Torres blocked the exit with his car. Torres then exited his vehicle, went to his trunk and pulled out his service weapon, a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun, and pointed it at the victim’s car.
Torres was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; he was stripped of his service weapon.
“Our Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) immediately launched an administrative investigation upon learning of the arrest,” Prince George’s Police Department Chief Mark Magaw said in a statement released by the agency.
“Corporal Torres’ police powers have been suspended. When one of our officers is accused of criminal wrongdoing, the Prince George’s County Police Department takes those allegations very seriously. This department holds our officers to a high set of standards whether on or off duty and our community deserves that.”
Torres is currently suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing, Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ reported.
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