Video: Aggravated cop pulls gun on drive-thru customer

The off-duty, plain-clothed cop had a lapse in judgement when the vehicle in front of him took too much time at McDonalds


By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —  Officer alleged to have pulled gun on teen in McDonald's drive-thru.

A sergeant with the DeKalb County police department was arrested Wednesday morning after an alleged assault against a teenager days earlier at a McDonald's, according to police.

Scott A. Biumi, 48, of Cumming, was charged with aggravated assault in the April 9 incident at the McDonald's on Old Atlanta Road, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said.

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Biumi was in the drive-thru of the restaurant at 10:30 p.m. when he allegedly became upset with another customer, according to police.

"He exited his car, and following a verbal exchange with the customer, Biumi drew a gun and pointed it at the victim," Deputy Courtney Spriggs with the Forsyth sheriff's office said in an emailed statement.

Video footage from McDonald's and released by the sheriff's office shows a man identified as Biumi lunging into a pickup truck at the drive-thru window. The alleged teenage victim, Ryan Mash, told Channel 2 Action News that Biumi got mad because it was taking too long to get his order.

"He grabbed me on my right shoulder and pinned me against my driver's seat, and the next thing I know, I have a gun in my face," Mash told Channel 2. "He goes, 'Do you know who you're messing with,' and 'You shouldn't be holding up the line' and all this and that."

While investigating the incident, deputies determined Biumi was employed as a detective sergeant with DeKalb police, Spriggs said. At the time of the alleged incident, Biumi was driving a department-issued, unmarked Chevrolet and had a department gold star badge on his belt.

Biumi's bond was set at $22,000 and he was in the process of bonding out of the Forsyth County jail Wednesday afternoon, Spriggs said. Biumi's court date was set for May 23.

At an afternoon news conference, DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander said he is awaiting the outcome of the Forsyth County investigation, but does not tolerate the type of behavior alleged. 

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