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An Alabama police officer has been arrested and charged with menacing for allegedly threatening a man and a woman at gunpoint while he was off duty. 

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, 39-year-old Sgt. James Stewart of the Montgomery Police Department was arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 17. He was arrested following a complaint filed by the man whom Stewart allegedly threatened at 10:30 a.m. earlier that same day. 

The man's complaint states that Stewart blocked the vehicle that the man and woman were in with his truck. MCSO's Capt. George Beaudry said the woman was Stewart's wife. 

"[Stewart] exited his vehicle with a gun and ordered [the man] out of the vehicle," according to the complaint. "He then tried to open the locked driver's door and said: 'Get out of the car or I'm going to shoot you.'"

The complaint also stated that Stewart ripped the handle off the driver-side door, cocked his pistol, and pointed it at the man.​

The complaint was initially a domestic violence complaint and also stated that Stewart had grabbed the woman and thrown her against the vehicle. However, Beaudry said an investigation has found no evidence of domestic violence. 

"We went to the [woman who the man] alleged was assaulted and she did not believe she was assaulted, and there was no physical evidence to make us believe she was assaulted," Beaudry said. "He alleged physical violence that Stewart physically assaulted a woman. We didn’t find any evidence of that."

Beaudry also confirmed that Stewart was off duty at the time of his arrest. 

Stewart's arrest is reportedly the second arrest of an MPD officer this year and the eighth since the beginning of 2016. Earlier in 2017, MPD Officer Amanda Millwood was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of heroin and Belbuca, a prescription pain killer.

Charges against the six other officers who were arrested in 2016 include third-degree domestic violence, first-degree sodomy, leaving the scene of an accident, and murder. 

Capt. Regina Puckett of the MPD confirmed that Stewart has been relieved of duty and has been placed on leave, reports WSFA. Duckett said he joined the department in 2008 and his assignment was patrol. 

Stewart is charged with menacing, which is classified as a misdemeanor, but was released after paying a $500 bond on the same day as his arrest, reports the Montgomery Advertiser.   

According to the Department of Public Safety, he is on leave from the MPD "pending the resolution of this matter." 

Sources: Montgomery Advertiser (2), WSFA / Featured Image: Keith Allison/Flickr / Embedded Images: Highway Patrol Images/Flickr, Mark Brennan/Flickr

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