Former Pennsylvania cop charged with assault after pulling gun on innocent man

He has been charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, discharging a firearm, simple assault, and reckless endangerment of another person.

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Accused of pulling a gun at a man mowing his lawn and firing two shots near him, a retired Pennsylvania police officer was recently charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, discharging a firearm, simple assault, and reckless endangerment of another person.

According to arrest records, former Plum Borough police officer Dennis Daugherty returned to his duplex home to find James Yetka, who is a tenant in the duplex, mowing his lawn. Shortly after Daugherty and Yetka began arguing, the retired cop allegedly attempted to strike Yetka with his knee.

Instead, Yetka managed to push Daugherty to the ground in an act of self-defense. Standing up and pulling a gun from his waistband, Daugherty reportedly began walking toward Yetka while aiming the firearm at him in a threatening manner.

Moments later, Daugherty abruptly fired two shots at the ground in close proximity to Yetka, according to the criminal complaint. Yetka’s girlfriend told WPXI that she is afraid to return to the home due to Daugherty’s actions.

Although Daugherty is not currently in jail, the former officer is scheduled to appear in court. He has been charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, discharging a firearm, simple assault, and reckless endangerment of another person.

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Andrew Emett
Andrew Emett is a staff writer for NationofChange. Andrew is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

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