Off-Duty City Police Officer Arrested in Towson

The officer was acting belligerent and pointed his gun at two men.

An off-duty Baltimore City Police officer was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment after pointing his departmentally-issued handgun at people in Towson.

Matthew David Daugherty, 28, was arrested around 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning and later released on $75,000 bail.

Baltimore County Police responded to the Rec Room at 512 York Road in Towson at 2:15 a.m., where an employee told them an intoxicated off-duty city officer was acting belligerent and saying he had a gun. The employee took car keys from the man as the bar was closing because he appeared too intoxicated to drive, according to a police press release.

The man left the bar through back door before officers arrived, and he was located outside in a parking lot at Delaware and Pennsylvania avenues. Two males told police the suspect had pointed a gun at them. Officers identified the man as an off-duty Baltimore City Police officer and found his departmentally-issued Glock-22 handgun on him in a holster, the release said.

Daughtery was immediately suspended from Baltimore City Police when they were notified about the incident. In addition to the criminal charges, he will face internal disciplinary actions, according to a Baltimore City Police press release.

“While there is no assumption of guilt, the allegations contained in the police report are reprehensible and we have zero tolerance for any activity which undermines the integrity of this agency or the public trust that we work so hard to earn,” the release said.

The report will be forwarded to the Baltimore County Liquor Board for review after the investigation is complete, per department policy, the release said.

Bart January 20, 2013 at 03:06 PM
That is my point. It's the shooter, not the gun. Or so they say.
Buck Harmon January 20, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Time to wise up Bart...get with it..
Jamin geoghegan January 20, 2013 at 03:29 PM
He's lucky the arresting officer didn't kick the heck out of him like they usually do to folks with guns.
Buzz Beeler January 20, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Jamin, for the most part those days are long gone. It does happen, but most cops aren't willing to risk their careers with a police brutality situation. After all they are looking right into the face of what could be them someday, or as they say looking into a mirror.
Robin abrams January 20, 2013 at 04:09 PM
This guy clearly has a problem with alcohol. He could kill with a gun, a car or his fist. He may or may not have underlying causes but it's not possible to know till he stops drinking. This is not about the 2nd Amendment.
Buzz Beeler January 20, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I used to believe in strict gun control but with so many out there, like a wise friend said to me - if you take away the guns the only ones that will have them will be the bad guys, because to them, laws don't count. There is a lot that goes on prior to pulling the trigger. Like a time bomb we must get to the fuse before the explosion.
Buck Harmon January 20, 2013 at 04:21 PM
He may very well be self treating other issues with alcohol, my point is that gun control can't possibly prevent these things from happening....cops can easily be as dangerous , or even more so than any other human being...the hypocrisy of perceived gun control law at it's finest..
FIFA January 20, 2013 at 04:24 PM
disagree with you Rob, it is all about the 2nd amendment. There will always be drunks, mentality ill, drug kingpins, etc. And there will always be gun deaths as well, some more horrific than others. And there will always be guns. Just a Molotov cocktail waiting to happen.
Buck Harmon January 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Gun control effect....same as 25 MPH speed limits....
Steve January 20, 2013 at 05:09 PM
PTSD is phony. It's just a big excuse. If he was a soldier Patton would have slapped him.
Steve January 20, 2013 at 05:13 PM
He can put in his 30 days at Father Martin's and the Union will see that he still keeps his job. He didn't do anything worse than the head of the Baltimore County FOP did and he still kept his job.
Harry Callahan January 20, 2013 at 06:22 PM
When are we going to stop the senseless slaughter involving handguns? It's time for Chairman Omalleyvich and the People's Council of the Republic of Marylandistan to enact some common-sense gun control laws with teeth in them. I suggest that the following law be enacted. No police officer in any jurisdiction should be allowed to carry their duty firearm while out of uniform and off duty. In fact, we need to restirict access to firearms to all law-enforcement personnel unless they are in the process of battling with an armed assailant. All they need to to is carry cell phones. Then, if they confrant an armed individual, they can make a call to 911 (just like the rest of the unarmed sheeple of the Republic of Marylandistan) and an armed officer can respond from their precinct to support the individual in the field. This would make incidents like the one detailed in this story vanish. Why should the police be treated any differently than the rest of us?
FIFA January 20, 2013 at 06:25 PM
To answer your very first question, I only have a one word answer. Never.
Steve January 20, 2013 at 06:42 PM
LOL This will probably set off another Range War. I wouldn't want to be a drunken County cop in Fells Point, Federal Hill or Canton right about now!
Edward V tindel January 20, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Buck Harmon January 20, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Very interesting link Edward...thanks..is there one for Baltimore County as well..?
Buzz Beeler January 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Edward alcoholism is a disease. This link from one of the most respect hospitals in the world might take issue with your assessment. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcoholism/DS00340 Did you not read my earlier links about the stresses of police work and the suicide rate. Here is another link that may be helpful. You statement of "there are drunks plain and simple.", is not based on any scientific research or evidence but rather on Marshall Dillon's logic. http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/the-10-most-dangerous-jobs-in-america/ I deal in facts not myths, although I do agree on your comment the city needs better and more qualified officers but that comes through the process of acceptable standards which have been lowered as a lot of things in this nation have.
Bob January 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Hi Buzz, alcoholism may be a disease, but not uncurable. He may just have gotten drunk, who knows if he is an "alcoholic" or not. I may understand it but he does not have my sympathy, sorry, Nor should he get special treatment because he CHOSE to drink. I reserve the sympathy and special treatment for people with cancer or amputees, accident victims, or some incurable illness.
M. Sullivan January 21, 2013 at 06:59 AM
Maybe they should just put a wall around Baltimore City. Lately, it seems, an awful lot of bad seems to be seeping out of the City into the surrounding Counties. Even some of the city cops!
Buzz Beeler January 21, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Bob not suggesting he get any special treatment, just the kind he needs. He must be held accountable for his actions, one of the first steps towards treatment.
Ed January 21, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Gee Buck, I'm surprised you didn't ask for one for Carroll County, also :-)
bystander January 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Nobody wants to work in the cesspool of Baltimore city's ghettos, so it would only reason that these kinds of jokers would be the type to join the force and rise to the top. Toss his ass. He's too unstable for public use. Plenty of factory jobs out there where he can work away from the public. Drunk cops should not have guns either.
Buck Harmon January 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Carroll County doesn't have it's own police force Ed...Sheriffs office not the same..
Lablover January 22, 2013 at 01:04 AM
bystander, where are all of these "Plenty of factory jobs out there" that you speak of?
Sean Tully January 22, 2013 at 01:16 AM
A lot of counties in Maryland don't have police forces. Why am I a paying for Maryland State Police to respond to calls in Queen Anne's, Carroll, and other counties?
Buck Harmon January 22, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Carroll would welcome you with open arms Sean..
bystander January 22, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Why does somebody always have to take the conversation off subject and try to bring it around to their political agenda. The article is about this idiot cop drunkenly waving his gun at people. My comment was not submitted to bring up the amount of jobs available, or Obama's economic policy (that's obviously where you were going.) For you pleasure I will rephrase. "Drunk cops should should not have guns. This idiot is unfit for public service and should look for a factory job on an assembly line where he has little contact with the public". No offense meant toward factory workers. These workers have built our country.
Buzz Beeler January 22, 2013 at 08:22 PM
bystander, you will learn that the topics can go off in a variety of issues. It happens on all similar types of media sites such as Patch. People don't always interpret the same message as you may have intended. Don't worry about it. It happens all the time especially with a topic that draws numerous comments or with people supporting certain agendas.
CP January 23, 2013 at 07:00 PM
You are a gutless turd. Let me show you first hand what PTSD is.
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