UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WNEW/AP) — The head of the Prince George’s County Police Department says one of his officers has been suspended after being arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in Washington.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw made the announcement Friday. Cpl. Michael Brown, a 12-year veteran assigned to the aviation unit, was arrested Thursday when he was off duty.

Magaw released a statement Saturday:

“When one of our officers is accused of wrongdoing, we take those allegations seriously. Our Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) immediately launched an administrative investigation upon learning of the arrest. Corporal Brown’s police powers have been suspended. The Prince George’s County Police Department holds our officers to high standards whether they are on or off duty. That’s a commitment we have made and will keep to our community.”

Magaw did not detail the circumstances of Brown’s arrest but said he has been suspended without pay pending an administrative hearing.

Brown is scheduled to return to court in Washington on July 23.

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