Thursday, September 17, 2009

Officer Patricia Beardsley Arrested for Pointing Gun

An off-duty police officer was arrested Thursday afternoon after pointing a gun at a woman in her car with children inside.

Patricia Ann Beardsley, 50, was arrested. She has been with the Longboat Police Department for eight years.

Investigators say the woman in the car was picking her child up from nearby Southside Elementary School in Sarasota. After picking her daughter up, she went into Beardsley's driveway to turn her car around.

According to the Sarastota Police Department, Beardsley came out of the home with a handgun, and pointed into the passenger side of the car.

The victim and a witness called 911. Beardsley was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. She has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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