A 32-year-old Suffolk County police officer has been suspended without pay and stripped of his handguns after he allegedly pointed one of his weapons in the direction of three women during an off-duty encounter earlier this month. The women "feared for their lives", according to prosecutors, and they flagged down a local public safety officer who called 911.
The Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement that "these allegations are extremely disturbing and will never be tolerated". In addition to the criminal charges, a department internal investigation is underway.
Gregory Hanrahan, a 2-year veteran of the force, pleaded not guilty to three counts of menacing at his arraignment Tuesday. He was freed after posting $4,500 bail and is due back in court on December 15.
Hanrahan's wife and attorney also refused to comment after the arraignment. The judge issued an order of protection for each of the three women, over the objections of the defense.