CURTIS BAY, Md. (WUSA9) -- An off duty Prince George's County Police Officer has been charged for 'first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of crime of violence' after a road rage incident, police said.
The incident happened on June 10 around 6:58 a.m. when off-duty Prince George's County Police Officer Joey Torres was travelling on I-97 in a Chevrolet Equinox. A 47-year-old male victim reported that Torres moved his car behind him to keep up with traffic, Torres then slowed his car letting the victim pass him. After which, the victim traveled onto I-695 East when he noticed Torres was behind him again. The victim pulled his car into a parking lot located on the 700 block of E. Ordnance Road and Torres followed, police said.
Torres used his car to block the victims car when he tried to leave the parking lot, got out of his car and retrieved a gun from the trunk of his car. Witnesses say Torres "approached the victim's vehicle in an aggressive manner, stepped in front of the victim's vehicle and pointed his gun inside the vehicle," officials say.
The victim was able to get away safely and get assistance from Police. He said he Torres did not identify himself as a police officer during the incident, police said.
Officials charged Torres and took took possession of his departmental service weapon which was aa loaded Smith & Wesson M&P 40 handgun. "Torres appeared before a court commissioner and was later released on his own recognizance", police said.
Torres is currently suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing, police said.
Chief Mark Magaw with the Prince George's County Police Department released the following statement:
"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."