Report says county officer dropped weapon during fight

Six-year veteran of force arrested after altercation at Southeast Baltimore bar

August 09, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

An incident report says that the Baltimore County officer charged in an assault against his girlfriend's former boyfriend "dropped" his gun during the altercation at a Southeast Baltimore bar.

The officer, identified in the report as Parrish McClarin, 25, of Towson, was charged Friday with assault and released on $7,500 bond. County police said Friday that McClarin has been suspended with pay pending the investigation.

According to the city police report, officers arrived in the 3500 block of Eastern Ave. and had to use pepper spray on McClarin. The victim told police that McClarin rushed him and began hitting him without provocation, and he indicated that he wanted to press charges, according to records.

The report says that McClarin told city officers that he "dropped his off-duty .40-caliber Glock … to the ground" and that someone picked it up and ran away with it. A witness, Vashon Smith, called The Baltimore Sun and said McClarin had pulled the weapon and dropped it while being restrained.

County police said Friday that the weapon had fallen out of its holster, and a spokesman for the department, Cpl. Michael Hill, said Monday that police had received no information that McClarin had drawn the weapon.

McClarin is a six-year county police veteran assigned to the patrol division. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 7.

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