LOS ANGELES (CNS) - An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was being investigated today by both LAPD and the CHP over a photo of her pointing a handgun at another driver during an alleged road rage incident.
The alleged confrontation took place about 5 p.m. Thursday, on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in East Los Angeles, according to media reports.
The unnamed female officer seen pointing the gun was off-duty and assigned to the department's Internal Affairs Division, an unnamed California Highway Patrol officer told CBS2 News. The pictures of the gun-pointing officer were originally posted on the ABC7 Facebook page.
The officer was being investigated for the alleged weapon brandishing, but the department won't release her name, LAPD spokeswoman Officer Nuria Vanegas told City News Service today.
Ironically, the LAPD's investigation into the Internal Affairs officer was being handled by the Internal Affairs Division. A CHP source who refused to be named confirmed to CNS that the case was being handled by the state officers, because of the officer's assignment to LAPD's Internal Affairs.
Vanegas today said ``I don't know about that. All complaints against our officers are investigated by Internal Affairs.''
The driver of the other car who took the photo told CBS2 that he called 911 to report the brandishing, about the same time the 911 operator got a call from the female officer.
The confrontation began in Boyle Heights and both drivers exited in Monterey Park, CBS2 reported. Officers then arrived at the scene to intervene.
A CHP source told CBS2 the officer said she pulled her gun because she feared for her safety and claimed the other driver was trying to run her off the road.
Meanwhile, the other driver told CBS2 that he switched lanes in front of the off-dity officer and things got heated before she pulled the weapon. But there is no report that the second driver had a weapon in his car.
Posted by Amy King