Jul 17, 2013 1:47 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Off-duty TPD officer arrested, fired for pointing gun at store clerk

TUCSON - A 23-year-old off-duty Tucson Police officer was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he pointed a gun at a convenience store clerk Tuesday.

Kyle James McCartin and another unidentified man entered the Giant gas station located near Sunrise and Kolb around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

Pima County Sheriff's deputies say the men were drunk when surveillance cameras caught McCartin pointing his gun at the clerk multiple times. When deputies arrived on the scene they caught up with McCartin at a nearby apartment complex.

McCartin was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

"Once deputies made contact with him, they found out that he was an off-duty TPD officer," said PCSD Deputy Jesus Banuelos.

Tucson Police declined to comment on the incident aside from a statement that was sent out indicating that McCartin was fired following a brief investigation.

However, the images of McCartin taking aim at the store clerk don't sit well with many Tucsonans -- as questions linger about how something like this could happen.

"That just really bugs me that he was given a badge to protect and serve and then he goes on the other side of the law, basically being a criminal," said Timothy Zipperer, who frequents the Giant gas station.

Banuelos asked the public not to lose faith in law enforcement because of this one incident.

"We would hope that the people in the community would take this incident and hot hold it against the other officers, toward deputies that are working hard," Banuelos said.

At his first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday night, McCartin was released to pre-trial services. The judge said that they took his offense very seriously but also took into account the fact that he had no prior criminal offenses.

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