HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — An off-duty Hyattsville police officer was indicted by a Howard County grand jury on September 2 on seven counts of first-degree assault and one count of use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence.

The charges stem from a July 13 incident that happened at 6:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 12000 block of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

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The grand jury alleges that Private First Class Mitchell Joseph Lowery, 29, got into an argument with a group of teenagers at the apartment complex’s pool that day.

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Credit: Howard County

They say during the argument, Lowery brandished a handgun to the teenagers.

Howard County authorities told Hyattsville Police that they were investigating an alleged assault involving PFC Lowery. The department immediately suspended Lowery.

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An initial hearing for Lowery is scheduled in Howard County Circuit Court on October 16.

CBS Baltimore Staff