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MADISON, Wis. - A Madison police officer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Thursday for pointing his gun at a man during a domestic incident, according to a criminal complaint.
Reginald Davis, 34, went to the home of a woman he was having an on-and-off relationship with after he got off work at 3 a.m., according to the complaint. When he got the home on South Main Street in Verona, he told police he heard a man and woman arguing, and when he knocked on the door, the woman did not answer.
Davis told police after the woman didn’t respond to a text message, he kicked in the door, according to the complaint. Davis said he identified himself as a police officer, pointed his loaded service gun at the man and told him to leave.
Davis said he did not plan to shoot the man, but thought that pointing his gun at the man would scare him away, according to the complaint.
The man Davis pointed his gun at told police it was a “terrifying” incident and that he felt like his life was being threatened.
Davis told police when he kicked in the door, he was acting as an off-duty officer, but when he pointed the gun at the man, he was acting as protector of the woman, according to the complaint.
Davis was put on restrictive duty at the beginning of December while the investigation was in progress. Madison police Lt. Cory Nelson told News 3 in an email the department’s internal investigation will start now that the case is completed.
Calls to Madison Police Department officials were not immediately returned Thursday night.
Davis was referred to the first offenders' program in court Thursday.
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