California Off-duty Officer Seen on Video Pulling a Gun on a Teen and Saying 'I'll Shoot You in the F*****g Face' Placed on Leave

A sheriff's deputy in California has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly pulling a gun on a teenager and threatening to shoot him in the face.

The confrontation between the Orange County sheriff's deputy, who was off-duty at the time, and a group of teenagers at Ralphs Skate Park in San Clemente, California, took place on Saturday night, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Footage of the incident appeared to show the man, wearing a white hat, pull a gun after a 16-year-old boy raises his skateboard in the air, CBS Los Angeles reported.

The boy, wearing a black T-shirt, is later seen holding his hands in the air. He raised his skateboard to protect another friend, witnesses said.

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Newsweek that the investigator has been placed on administrative leave, but declined to identify him.

Koa McClung told NBC Los Angeles that his band was playing at the park when the deputy ran over from a nearby baseball field.

McClung said the man threatened to take him to jail if he didn't turn down the music. He said he showed his badge while holding on to his shirt.

That's when McClung's friends stepped in to help him.

"My friend didn't know he was a cop. He was coming up to a friend very fast and aggressive, so my other friend jumped in and put his hand out for him to stop," McClung added to CBS Los Angeles.

"My other friend held up his skateboard for him to stop, then the guy pulled a gun and said "'I'll shoot you in the f*****g face if you don't stop.'"

McClung's father, Scott, said it was difficult to come to terms with the fact that the man who allegedly threatened his son was an off-duty officer. "He was nothing but a big bully with a badge," he told CBS Los Angeles.

Koa's brother Malcolm, who was also at the park, added to the outlet that the man didn't identify himself as law enforcement. Both he and his brother said they thought his badge was fake.

In a statement provided to Newsweek, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said it had launched an internal probe into allegations against the investigator.

The department said it will turn the investigation over to the Orange County District Attorney's office when it is complete.

"On Saturday October 12, an off-duty Orange County Sheriff's investigator was involved in an off-duty incident in San Clemente," the statement said.

"An internal investigation has been initiated and the investigator has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation will be turned over to the Orange County District Attorney's Office at its conclusion."

The statement added: "Orange County Sheriff's Department employees are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism on and off-duty. We take this incident seriously and will fully investigate. Due to the ongoing investigation, no additional information will be released at this time."

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