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.
A law enforcement source says the women had just left a Patchogue bar around 2 a.m. on Nov. 5 and were walking to their car when the officer, Gregory Hanrahan, allegedly made "rude, derogatory" remarks at them on West Main Street.
The nature of the comments is unclear, but the women and Hanrahan exchanged words, and he then pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it in the air, according to the source.
One woman claimed to be frightened by the act, prosecutors said. Surveillance video captured the encounter, according to court documents.
Hanrahan, a two-year member of the department assigned to the Seventh Precinct, was charged with menacing. An internal investigation is also underway.
Hanrahan was arraigned in court Tuesday, with bail set at $4,500 cash. Three orders of protection for the women were also issued.
A lawyer for the married father of two offered no comment.