MPD Officer Arrested after “Both parties stopped their vehicles, exited, and the officer drew his service weapon”

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From MPD:

“Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division have announced that an arrest has been made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon offense that occurred on the 295 interstate on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

At approximately 3:45 pm, a complainant and an off-duty police officer in his personal vehicle were involved in an altercation while driving on the interstate. Both parties stopped their vehicles, exited, and the officer drew his service weapon. The complainant drove off and stopped a second time before dialing 911. After being confronted by the officer, a physical altercation ensued where the complainant sustained minor injuries.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 46-year-old Michael Minor of Temple Hills, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

“The ability to wear the MPD badge and serve in the District is an honor and something we hold sacred,” said Chief of Police Cathy Lanier. “To learn that incidents like this have occurred is nothing short of disturbing and only fractures the relationships that we have built in our communities. In light of this officer’s actions, we will continue to hold our members to the highest of standards and remain focused on service, integrity and fairness.”

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  • Confrontation could have gone dangerously bad when the officer escalated the situation by pulling his service weapon.

  • Comment Artist

    A person who reacts to a situation like this absolutely, positively should not be a police officer.

  • Altercation on 295? How can we educate slower drivers to move out of the left lane?
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    Not that I have any idea what started this altercation. .. But what else could it be?

    • Or educate people to not speed in all lanes.

      Should be way more speed cameras.

    • HaileUnlikely

      One article that I read was reporting that one of them (it did not specify which) was trying to merge onto the highway from an entrance ramp when it started, so it does not sound like it was about that.

    • From the WaPo article:

      “According to court documents, the driver of a Toyota Camry was headed south from the Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue exit to an on-ramp when a 2016 Mercedes driven by Minor tried to cut him off and merge ahead of the Toyota. The two cars stopped to avoid colliding, and Minor threw an empty water bottle at the Camry, the documents said.

      Both drivers got out of their cars and Minor threatened the other man with expletives and then pointed a handgun at him.”

      So basically the off-duty cop got pissy because the Camry driver didn’t allow the cop to cut him off at the last second when merging to the on-ram. The nerve of the Camry driver to not swerve out of the way to let the cop cut him off!

      The entitlement mentality of drivers in this area never ceases to amaze me.

      • Wow, are cops really making enough scratch to enjoy a brand new Benz?!? I guess real estate in Temple Hills is pretty cheap. And yeah, this guy shouldn’t have other people’s lives in his hands. If he wasn’t a cop, he’d be just another “thug”

      • I’ve found that when people turn on their turn signal, it’s an indication that you better move because they are want to be exactly where you are. And then they come barreling over like they have the right to be exactly where you are.

  • I know this stretch of freeway very well and people are constantly driving like idiots and cutting others off either entering the 295 or trying to get off. Accidents occur every day. It’s a complete disaster. On top of that the freeway goes from 3 lanes down to 2 right around there so it’s usually stacked up. I’ve actually had water bottles thrown at me in the past in very similar circumstances. I guess I was lucky it wasn’t a DC cop that threw it or else I might have had a piece pulled on me.

  • It’s amazing because that’s the mentality of DC drivers. They do not know what a Yield sign means when they’re trying to get onto the highway. No one HAS to let you in, and you certainly do not have the right of way.

    • Ally

      I think you mean Maryland drivers, and letting a car in is still the right thing to do, even if it’s not mandatory.

    • Zip method when merging into traffic works. It’s easier for everyone and traffic flow if you let one car ahead of you and the person behind does the same. But everyone has to be somewhere so they would rather sit in traffic instead of doing the logical thing.

  • Maryland drivers are terrible. This is par for the course.

  • unfortunately it’s also a cop we’re talking about here, so par for the course as well

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