A Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after she was arrested by Ocean City police early Sunday for allegedly threatening another woman with a handgun.
The deputy, Jennifer Nicole Douglas, 26, of Fort Washington, joined the sheriff’s department in April, said Sharon Taylor, a spokeswoman for Sheriff Melvin C. High. Before joining the sheriff’s department, Douglas worked as a Prince George’s County police officer, Taylor said.
The incident which led to the suspension occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City, according to a police press release.
Ocean City police were called to the scene for an alleged assault involving a handgun. The officers who arrived interviewed a woman, who knows Douglas, and “numerous witnesses,” according to the police press release.
The woman told officers that she and Douglas “became involved in an argument over keys to a vehicle that escalated into a physical confrontation. During the physical confrontation, Douglas allegedly produced a star shaped badge and handgun and pointed the handgun at the victim’s head,” the press release states.
Sheriff’s department badges are shaped like stars.
Police later stopped Douglas in a vehicle she was driving near 42nd Street, according to the press release. Douglas identified herself as a Prince George’s County deputy sheriff, the press release states. Douglas was carrying a 40-caliber Glock handgun, said Officer Michael Levy, an Ocean City police spokesman.
Douglas was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. An Ocean City court commissioner set her bond at $150,000, and Douglas was taken to the Worcester County jail, authorities said.
Among other things, sheriff’s deputies provide provide security at the courthouses in Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville and serve arrest warrants.