Baltimore Co. officer loses gun during fight, arrested, police say

Six-year veteran of force suspended with pay during investigation of city incident

August 06, 2010|By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore County police officer was arrested early Friday and charged with second-degree assault after getting into a fight at a city sports bar and losing his service weapon, authorities said.

The county Police Department suspended the officer with pay.

According to police, the officer arrived about 2 a.m. at Carlos O'Charlie's Sports Bar in the 3500 block of Eastern Ave. and got into an argument with a man who was the former boyfriend of the officer's girlfriend. The two men went outside the bar and began fighting, police said.

At some point, the officer's gun came out of its holster and fell on the ground, according to Cpl. Mike Hill, a county police spokesman. Hill said an unidentified man picked up the gun and left the scene. City police were called and had to use pepper spray to subdue the officer, according to Hill.

The officer is a six-year veteran of the county department and assigned to the patrol division. Hill said police are not releasing his name, pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

"Chief Jim Johnson is aware of the situation, does not condone it and will be watching the administrative investigation very closely," Hill said.

The officer was released from jail on $75 bail.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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