When invitations went out via the Internet for a humongous snowball fight in Washington, D.C., Saturday, nobody imagined that somebody would show up with 9-mm Glock.
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But, on a videotape shot during the gathering of exuberant hurlers, an off-duty police officer, angry that a snowball had hit his fire-truck red Hummer, hopped out, grabbed his weapon and dared somebody else to throw another.
By Sunday, the unidentified officer had been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, according to WJLA TV. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said the video did not show the officer with his weapon drawn.
However, police now say that "additional images and statements that would seem to support the allegation that the off-duty member did pull a gun" have surfaced.
The incident occurred after about 200 people had gathered in Georgetown for the giant snow war, following the blizzard that dumped about a foot of snow on D.C., WJLA reported. "It was pretty fun," one unidentified participant told WJLA. "And then, you know, when the gun came out, uh, it just changed the tone of the thing a little bit."
Answering the 911 call that a man had pulled a gun, a uniformed police officer arrived on the scene. On video shot by WJLA, that officer can be seen with his gun drawn and held to his side. Realizing that the alleged assailant was a fellow officer, who was in plainclothes, the uniformed cop returned his weapon to his holster, the WJLA video shows.
The crowd of 200 or more people can be heard chanting: “You don’t bring a gun to a snowball fight!”
The police statement said "there is no evidence that [officers] pointed any weapons in the direction of the crowd or at any individuals."