Ex-Pa. officer charged after jokingly pointing gun at colleague

By Pamela Lehman and Nicole Radzievich Of The Morning Call
The Morning Call
Copyright 2006 The Morning Call, Inc.

After a two-month investigation, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Wednesday the now retired Bethlehem police captain who allegedly held a loaded gun to another officer's neck must be prosecuted, overruling a decision by city officials not to pursue charges.

"This action is necessary in order to send home the message that the misuse of firearms is dangerous business even when engaged in by a police officer and even if done so in a joking manner," said Morganelli, who had been surprised to learn of the incident by reading a Morning Call column and went on to investigate it.

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