(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Frank Marin
SURPRISE, AZ (CBS5) -
A police career that spanned three decades came to an abrupt end for a valley man arrested for a road rage incident. Frank Marin spent the last year-and-a-half as a Phoenix police reserve officer after having retired from a 28 year career on the department.
Marin was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of pointing a semi-automatic handgun at a motorist following an apparent road rage incident in Surprise, police said.
Marin was booked into jail on charges of endangerment, misconduct involving a weapon and threats and intimidation. He later posted bond.
The motorist, James Bruggeman, said he was traveling north on Cotton Lane from Waddell with his wife and two children inside his vehicle. Bruggeman said as he passed a dump truck and two cars ahead of him, Marin, who was driving a pickup truck, also tried to pass but did not notice Bruggeman, officers said.
Bruggeman said he honked and applied his brakes to avoid colliding with the pickup, according to a police report.
Both vehicles ended up at the intersection of Cotton Lane and Greenway Road. Bruggeman said when he looked up at the pickup, Marin was pointing a black Block 27 handgun at him. Bruggeman told police he yelled, "Go ahead, shoot me," at which point Marin lowered the gun, put his vehicle in reverse and collided with a vehicle stopped behind him, police said.
Bruggeman continued on his way to drop off his daughter at school.
The motorist whom Marin backed into called 911 and told dispatchers he was stopped at a Fry's parking lot near the accident scene and that Marin was there with him.
At first, police said Marin denied he had a handgun, police said. Upon further questioning, he admitted to having the weapon in his vehicle. An officer found it under the driver's floor mat with a fully loaded magazine and a round in the chamber.
By this time, Bruggeman had returned to the scene.
Contacted at his home in the west valley, Bruggeman said he could not believe what was happening when he saw Marin point the gun at him. Bruggeman said he was afraid for his family. He also said he was shocked to learn that kind of behavior came from a career law officer.
Marin, resigned as a reservist the day he was arrested. The charges against him are being submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review.
Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, December 5 2013 10:46 PM EST2013-12-06 03:46:19 GMT
Andrew Gajkowski (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
A traffic stop led to the discovery a drug manufacturing operation near the Arizona State University campus Wednesday evening.More >
Detectives obtained search warrants for Andrew Gajkowski's home in Goodyear and for his apartment near Apache and Rural roads in Tempe, according to DPS authorities. Four other people have been arrested in connection with the case.More >
Friday, November 8 2013 12:57 PM EST2013-11-08 17:57:21 GMT
A Lebanon father of three is accused of drugging one of his children in order to have sex with her young friend, according to court documents. Robert Chesters, 42, was arrested after having a relationshipMore >
ALebanonfather of three is accused of drugging one of his children in order to have sex with her young friend, according to court documents.More >
Mesa detectives say they're questioning three men in a Halloween murder that took place on the 300 block of Harmony Street in Mesa.Mesa Police say three men in Tennessee, who have been in jail on unrelatedMore >
The victim, 36-year-old Brian Weathers, was found bleeding in a driveway on Harmony Street in Mesa. Neighbors say it appears he stumbled there from an alley.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:33 PM EST2013-12-06 01:33:05 GMT
A Hopi High School football player who scored his team's only touchdown in a state playoff game died of blunt force trauma to his head. That's the determination of the Maricopa County Office of the MedicalMore >
A Hopi High School football player who scored his team's only touchdown in a state playoff game died of blunt force trauma to his head.More >