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DC Cop Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Civilian In Bizarre Road Rage Incident

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

Washington, D.C., police arrested an off-duty officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Wednesday after he allegedly went on an unhinged road rage rampage and pulled his gun on a civilian.

Police took Officer Michael Minor into custody following an Internal Affairs investigation of the February 20 incident. The altercation ensued after Minor, driving a Mercedes, allegedly attempted to cut off the driver of a Toyota Camry who merging onto I-295. The two vehicles almost collided, and Minor allegedly threw a water bottle at the Camry, at which point both drivers got out of their cars and began shouting, reports The Washington Post.

According to court documents Minor, who was off-duty at the time, drew his service weapon on the unidentified driver, who responded by shouting “Go ahead and shoot me.” The two got back in their cars and drove a short distance before stopping again, as the driver of the Camry made a 911 call. A fight then broke out between the two, leaving the driver of the Toyota with minor injuries, including neck abrasions.

“The ability to wear the MPD badge and serve in the District is an honor and something we hold sacred,” Chief of Police Cathy Lanier said in a statement regarding the arrest.

Minor, 46, from Temple Hills was charged with a Class 2 felony and placed on non-contact duty status while awaiting a trial, but was later exonerated. The case was closed Oct. 28, 2016 and a judge dismissed all charges June 23, 2017.

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