LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles police officer charged with using a gun in an assault outside an El Segundo bar while off-duty last year was arraigned in a downtown L.A. courtroom Tuesday.
Joseph William Rooney, 33, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to four counts of assault with a firearm in the attack that occurred on May 22, 2016.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Who Overcame Severe WWII Wounds To Lead Senate GOP And Run For President, Dies At 98
According to the L.A. County district attorney’s office, Rooney approached three men as they were leaving a bar, pulled out a handgun and struck one of the men in the face with it. He then pointed the gun at the two other men. The motive in the attack was unclear.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Arrested In Connection With Burglary Of Business In Santa Paula
It was not confirmed if Rooney remains on active duty. An LAPD spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times that he was last assigned to the Newton Division.MORE NEWS: LAPD Patrol Vehicle Involved In Crash In South LA
Rooney’s next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 27 years in state prison.