Officer Christopher Sandoval was arrested last week in Rio Rancho, according to a Rio Rancho police spokesman.
KOB-TV cites a police report stating that Sandoval pulled up to the front of the store off Northern Boulevard in a personal vehicle while a friend went inside to return a movie. Sandoval said a man behind him started honking his horn and yelling at Sandoval to move. According to the TV station, the man then drove around Sandoval’s vehicle to park.
The man admitted telling Sandoval that “he should be courteous to others,” and then Sandoval allegedly pulled out his gun, KOB-TV reported.
The police reports cited by KOB-TV say Sandoval did not point the gun at the other driver and told Rio Rancho officers that “having the gun in his hands de-escalated the situation because as soon as [the other driver] saw it, he started walking away.”
Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael said Sandoval has been removed from all “law-enforcement duties” and is assigned exclusively to “clerical duties,” pending the outcome of the criminal case and an internal investigation.
Sandoval was hired by the department in April 2009, Rael said.
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