UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ) — A Prince George’s County police officer has been suspended without pay after prosecutors say he held a gun to a man’s head.
Ofc. Jenchesky Santiago was indicted by a grand jury Thursday is facing first-degree assault and other misdemeanor charges, according to the Chief Mark Magaw.
The allegations stem from an incident while Santiago was on duty in May 2014. No one was injured.
The Associated Press reports that Santiago told two men in front of a Bowie home that they were parked illegally. The driver told him he was dropping his cousin off, but when his cousin tried to go inside, Santiago allegedly put a gun to the man’s head — forcing him back into the car.
According to prosecutors, Santiago then told the men, “We’re PGPD, we shoot people.”
The incident was caught on cell phone video, the AP reports.
Prince George’s police department launched an internal investigation after learning about the incident and Santiago’s police powers were suspending on June 3.
“We immediately brought this case to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review and we appreciate their partnership. We do not train our officers in this manner,” Magaw said in a statement. “These actions are not indicative of the high standards we expect of our officers. Our department remains, as always, committed to constitutional, ethical and professional policing.”
Santiago has been an employee of PGPD for three years.