08 Aug Alleged drunk driving, weapon threat get Maryland cop suspended
On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drunk Driving on Thursday, August 8, 2013.
When a person feels like they may be in danger, an initial reaction is often to protect oneself. The way a person goes about doing so can be different to each person. If a person is used to having a weapon for protection, such as police officers are accustomed to, pointing a gun at someone could be a form of self-defense. However, if a person was drunk driving before the incident and is possibly still intoxicated, the situation can look negative. It is important to remember that there are multiple sides to all stories.
A Maryland police officer found herself in an altercation with her son after she allegedly pointed a gun at him after he came home late. When her son did not come home immediately after his shift at the restaurant where he worked, the woman reportedly called police and stated that her son was acting unruly. Police responded to the call and apparently took statements from both parties.
The son reports that after he came home, he and his mother began arguing. He also alleges that she was intoxicated and threatened to kill him, and it was reported that she had a gun in her possession at the time of the argument. She is currently suspended from the Baltimore police department and has had to relinquish her service weapon.
Drunk driving and altercations involving weapons can have serious consequences. However, it is important that the mother’s side of the event is taken into consideration. There were no exact details reporting how the situation escalated, and she may have felt the need to protect herself from her adult son during the incident. As a police officer, she is presumably well-versed in Maryland laws dealing with such activity and may find her knowledge beneficial should she wish to present a defense to any criminal accusations made against her.
Source: Catonsville, MD Patch, “Baltimore City Officer Suspended, Charged with Pulling Gun on Son,” Sonia Su, July 12, 2013