Seekonk Police Officer Accused of Pointing Unloaded Gun at Girlfriend

A Massachusetts police officer is accused of pointing an unloaded gun at his girlfriend, a police dispatcher, and pulling the trigger.

The woman says Seekonk police Officer Gary Rushing pointed a gun at her head in 2016 and told her to kill herself after she mentioned thoughts about suicide. She says she asked him to pull the trigger, believing he wouldn't do it. She says she didn't know the gun was unloaded.

Rushing denies the allegations, and his lawyer says he looks forward to clearing his name.

The woman also says that Rushing choked her into unconsciousness multiple times.

Rushing, who has been with the department for two years, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police on Friday night, Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace said. He was arraigned Monday on charges including assault and battery.

"As always, we hold our officers to high standards and will conduct a full and thorough internal affairs investigation," Mace said in a statement. "The officer will be on administrative leave pending conclusion of the internal affairs investigation."

Any further inquiries were directed to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

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