A D.C. police officer has been arrested on charges that he pointed his service weapon at a driver during an off-duty road rage incident along a District interstate highway in February, officials said Thursday.
Internal Affairs investigators on Wednesday arrested 46-year-old Michael Minor on a charge of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon for a Feb. 20 encounter, police said in a statement. Police said that Minor, of Temple Hills, drew his police gun and later fought another driver along I-295 after the two drivers nearly collided as they merged onto the highway.
Minor, who is a 6th District officer, has been placed on non-contact duty status, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman.
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.
The driver responded, “Go ahead and shoot me,” the court papers said.
The men then returned to their cars and briefly continued south, as Minor radioed police for assistance with an “aggressive driver.” The Camry driver called 911 as he pulled over at the River Terrace Exit, less than a mile from their first clash.
Again, both men got out of their cars and court documents said that Minor approached the driver and grabbed him. Both men then fought and the Toyota driver sustained an abrasion to his neck.
Other officers arrived at the scene and an investigation began.
“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,” D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a statement. “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.”