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BRPD officer placed on leave after he allegedly pulled gun on utility workers outside his home

2 years 1 month 6 days ago Wednesday, May 18 2022 May 18, 2022 May 18, 2022 9:00 AM May 18, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A police officer was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened utility workers who were digging holes for fiber optic cables in his backyard.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, four utility workers were at 55-year-old Donald Johnson's home on Old Hermitage Parkway Tuesday afternoon.

The workers told deputies that Johnson came out of his home and told them to re-fill the holes while pointing a gun at them. The workers did what Johnson asked and then called their supervisor.

According to arrest paperwork, two supervisors arrived to Johnson's home, and he pointed the gun at them while they were walking up the driveway.

Johnson later told deputies he did have a gun during the encounter but claimed it was holstered on his hip the whole time.

Johnson was booked on six counts of aggravated assault on a utility service employee with a firearm.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Johnson is currently on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident. 

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