A Maryland cop was drunk and off-duty when he held a family at gunpoint in their car last week, placing his gun against the head of the father while the man’s girlfriend and two baby daughters screamed in horror.
“Put your hands where I can see them!” yelled Freddie Puryear , a police sergeant with the State of Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulations.
With the gun touching his skin behind his ear, Jason Wojciechowski reached for his phone to call police, then pushed his door open, forcing Puryear to back up a few feet, allowing the father to drive away.
By the time Wojceichowski made it home, which was just down the street from Puryear’s home where the incident took place, Anne Arundel County police officers had arrived.
After all, they had already dealt with Puryear less than an hour earlier when the drunk cop assaulted a boy on a bicycle after accusing him of photographing his home from a public street.
The boy said he had never photographed the home, not that it is illegal, he was only on his phone.
Somebody called the cops, but when they arrived, they did not arrest him, apparently granting him the Blue Privilege that places criminal cops above the law.
However, while the cops were at his home, blocking the entire street as they tend do, Wojceichowski and his family were attempting to drive home, but were unable to get through,
They drove to the store and returned about ten minutes later, finding the cops gone, but seeing Puryear standing in the street.
Wojceichowski stopped the car and asked his neighbor if everything was ok.
Puryear responded by pulling out a gun and ordering them to place their hands where he could see them.
As a result, he was arrested and is now facing charges for both incidents.
Freddie Puryear, 44 — a state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation police officer — has been charged with four counts of first-degree assault, five counts of second-degree assault, four counts of reckless endangerment and one count of use of a firearm during a felony, according to documents filed in District Court in Annapolis.
The charges against Puryear are also related to an incident 40 minutes earlier, in which a neighborhood teen was pushed off of his bike, documents state.
Puryear positioned himself about 10 feet from Wojciechowski’s Ford Mustang and aimed at him, Wojciechowski said.
“Put your hands where I can see them,” Puryear told Wojciechowski, his girlfriend and their two daughters, who were in the car, according to the documents.
Puryear is also on probation from a DUI last year.
The state agency that employs him would not comment on his employment status but assured the media that they are “investigating” the incident, which we all know is the code word for doing nothing, hoping the media will eventually forget about it.
The agency, referred to as the DLLR, employs 12 cops “whose primary function is to protect the lives and property of the nearly 1,000 state employees at 1100 N. Eutaw Street in Baltimore,” according to the Capital Gazette.