A Gaston County police officer was arrested after he was accused of pointing a gun at a woman with three young girls in the room, threatening to kill them, on Christmas Eve.
Timothy Leophard, 42, is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present. The alleged incident took place on December 24.
According to warrants, Leophard pointed an "AR style rifle with magazine" at a woman and threatened to kill her. The warrants state three girls, ages 9, 10 and 14, were present at the time.
WBTV is not releasing the names of the victim or the young girls.
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“It’s just an unfortunate situation and a personnel matter we are working to get to the bottom of,” Gaston County Police Chief Joseph Ramey said. “We are working to get to a resolution that's favorable for everybody.:
Officials confirmed that Leophard, who was hired in 2003, has been inactive since he was shot in the line of duty in August 2015.
“Leophard is no longer a Gaston County Police Officer, however, he remains a County employee while the County fulfills its obligations to him relating to his injuries suffered from being shot while serving the citizens of Gaston County in August 2015,” Gaston County Police said in a news release Wednesday night.
“We offer our support for the family members affected by this incident,” the news release said. “No law enforcement-issued weapons were involved in this incident.
Charlotte Observer Staff Writer Joe Marusak contributed.