Crime

Jeremy Sweet, Phoenix Cop, Accused of Pointing Gun in Apparent Road-Rage Incident

A Phoenix police officer was arrested and booked into jail on Tuesday, accused of pulling a gun on people during an apparent road-rage incident while transporting prisoners.

Jeremy Sweet, 51, has worked for the department's Central Booking Unit for about seven years. On Monday at about noon, he was transporting several prisoners in an unmarked vehicle when he became involved in a "traffic altercation" at about Central Avenue and Lincoln Street, police say.

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During the altercation, Sweet is alleged to have pulled out his handgun and pointed it an the occupants of another vehicle. Some of the prisoners in Sweet's vehicle were said to have witnessed the incident. A citizen who also saw what happened called 911 to make a report.

An investigation led to today's arrest, according to Sergeant Trent Crump, Phoenix police spokesman. Crump later told a reporter that Sweet had "lectured" the other driver while pointing his gun.

Police are seeking one count of felony aggravated assault in the case.

"The Phoenix Police Department takes this incident very seriously and has taken swift and appropriate action to help ensure public trust remains high," Crump said in a written statement. "We understand our role in the community of upholding the law and anything less will never be tolerated."

Police didn't release a booking photo of Sweet, but we'll put it here when they do.

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