A former New Jersey corrections officer has been charged with weapons offenses after police officers reportedly found him carrying an illegal handgun in Newark, NJ.
The suspect, a 38-year-old Newark man, allegedly threatened a woman with the gun after getting into an argument with her.
The suspect and the victim were near West Side Park in Newark when they began to argue. According to law enforcement, the suspect eventually walked to his motor vehicle, grabbed a handgun, and used it to threaten the victim.
When Essex County sheriff’s officers arrived at the scene, the suspect allegedly tried to convince them that he was an active corrections officer.
Cops searched the suspect and allegedly found him in possession of a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with hollow-point bullets.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point bullets, and impersonating a law enforcement officer.
The suspect used to work as a New Jersey corrections officer, but he was fired from his job in 2012 for reportedly falsifying official reports.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Ex-Corrections Officer Arrested in Newark on Gun Charges, Cops Say.”