A Gwinnett County police officer has resigned, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly brandished a handgun after a hit-and-run accident Saturday.
Ryan Head resigned instead of being fired by the county after he was arrested on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct Saturday, May 31. Head, who has been released on bond, is an Auburn resident, according to Gwinnett Jail records.
Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Head was the passenger in the at-fault vault vehicle in the hit-and-run accident. Smith said a witness followed the vehicle after the wreck and called police. The witness then blocked vehicle in a cul-de-sac.
“Witnesses reported that Head exited the vehicle, produced a handgun and tapped on the witness’s window with it,” Smith said in a statement. “There was no physical confrontation, no shots were fired, and the weapon was not pointed directly at any person.”
Smith said Head was “verbally belligerent” but did not resist arrest.
Head was served a letter on Sunday, June 1, announcing the department’s intention to fire him. “He resigned in lieu of termination,” Smith said.
Head had been with the department for five years.
The investigation continues.
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