An ex-corrections officer faces gun charges after police allegedly caught him with an illegal handgun in Newark, New Jersey.
The suspect is a 38-year-old Newark resident. According to authorities, he threatened a woman with a handgun after getting into a verbal altercation with her a short distance from West Side Park in Newark, NJ.
The scary incident unfolded at night when the suspect got into an argument with the 34-year-old victim. The suspect allegedly walked away from the woman, went to his car, and grabbed a firearm. He then allegedly threatened the victim.
Someone called law enforcement, prompting Essex County sheriff’s officers to go to the scene. When cops arrived, the suspect reportedly showed them a New Jersey State corrections identification card and badge that had both been changed to make it look like he was still a corrections officer.
Police officers subsequently searched the suspect and reportedly found him carrying a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun. Moreover, the weapon was allegedly loaded with hollow-point bullets.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with several weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow-point bullets. He was also charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.
The suspect was fired from his job as a corrections officer five years ago because he allegedly falsified official reports.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Ex-Corrections Officer Arrested in Newark on Gun Charges, Cops Say.”