LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — An off-duty police officer was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on another motorist during a road rage incident in Anne Arundel County on Tuesday morning.
Anne Arundel County Police say they were called just before 7 a.m. to a parking lot, in the 700 block of E. Ordnance Road in Curtis Bay, for a report of an individual with a gun.
When officers arrived, a 47-year-old man told police that his Volkswagen Passat was followed into the parking lot by a Chevrolet Equinox after the two vehicles had been driving near each other along Interstates 97 and 695.
Witnesses told police that the driver of the Equinox, identified as Joey Torres — a 10-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department — blocked the Passat from leaving the parking lot. Torres then pulled a gun from the trunk of the Equinox and pointed it inside the Passat in an aggressive manner, witnesses said.
The driver of the Passat told police that Torres tried to follow him on foot when he was able to exit the parking lot and call police.
Torres’ departmental service weapon, a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P 40 handgun, was confiscated by Anne Arundel Police. Torres never identified himself as a police officer, according to police.
Torres was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of crime of violence. He appeared before a court commissioner and was later released on his own recognizance.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw released the following statement regarding Torres’ arrest:
“Our Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) immediately launched an administrative investigation upon learning of the arrest. 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 has been suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing.