Holyoke PD officer fired for pointing gun at officer following argument at Denny's
Former Holyoke police officer John Wieland was fired for pointing his .45 caliber Glock handgun at another officer following an argument over breakfast at Denny's. (LinkedIn)
A Holyoke police officer was fired after he drew his handgun and pointed it at another officer following a heated argument inside of the Denny's restaurant located at 2173 Northampton St.
HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -
A police officer who drew his gun following a heated argument with another officer at a Denny's restaurant in August was fired following an investigation.
While on duty and in uniform, former Holyoke police officer John Wieland was eating breakfast with two officers when a conversation between Wieland and another officer turned into a heated argument.
It was about 5 a.m. Aug. 18 when the argument continued outside of the 24-hour restaurant and Wieland pulled out his department-issued .45-caliber handgun and pointed it at the officer, according to Mayor Alex Morse.
The misconduct was reported to Holyoke police officials, who thoroughly investigated the incident.
A hearing was held following the investigation, and based on testimony heard, Morse decided to terminate Wieland's employment with the City of Holyoke.
“Moving forward, I am confident that our distinguished officers will continue their tireless efforts to earn the public's trust and keep our city safe,” Morse said.
Morse supported the recommendation made by Chief James Nieswanger following the Holyoke Police Department investigation.
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