Fast food wasn’t fast enough for one Georgia cop who pulled a gun on a fellow drive-thru customer last week after complaining it was taking too long to get his food.
Sgt. Scott Biumi was brought into custody this week after pulling a gun on a teenager at a McDonald’s drive-thru on April 9. Forsyth County sheriff’s spokesperson, Courtney Spriggs, said the officer was arrested on felony aggravated assault charges after pointing a gun following an argument with 18-year-old Ryan Mash.
Fox News reported Thursday that the 48-year-old DeKalb County Police Sgt. can be seen on the restaurant’s surveillance footage step between Mash’s driver's side window and the drive-thru window before pointing the weapon into the vehicle.
Mash told authorities that he was waiting for his food when Biumi approached the teen and said he was talking too long and that he was the only reason he had to wait in line.
“I’m just like, ‘I don’t want to die. I’m sorry, sir. I didn’t mean for any of this to happen,” Mash said, recalling the incident.
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The teen claims that Biumi approached his car two times, the second time wielding the gun, touching Mash’s shoulder and yelling, “You don’t want to mess with me.” Mash told 11 Alive News that Biumi pointed the gun at his throat and held down his right shoulder during the assault.
Fox News reported that two friends of the teen were also in the vehicle at the time of the incident and backed up his accusations.
“I was terrified. I didn’t know what to think. My heart was racing,” friend Luke Avera said. Mash’s other witness, Drake Thomas, said he was the first to realize the man harassing them worked for law enforcement after seeing his badge under his shirt.
Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper told 11 Alive News that he was shocked by the arrest of Biumi, a 20-year veteran on the police force.
“We’re expected to handle ourselves correctly in high-stress situations, and it's very disappointing that an officer would snap like this. It’s a betrayal of a trust to the public,” said Piper, who reported that the teen didn’t say or do anything to provoke the argument.
Following the arrest, Biumi was placed on administrative leave with pay until his court appearance on May 23, but Executive Director of Georgia’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Ken Vance said his future career as an officer of law should be terminated.
“This flies in the face of decency and police professionalism, and you can quote me on that! His certification will be suspended immediately,” Vance said.
He was released from Forsyth County jail on a $22,000 bond Friday.