Driver charged after waving gun at off-duty officer

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — State Police say a driver was charged Friday after brandishing a firearm towards an off-duty Norfolk police officer.

An off-duty Norfolk Police officer, who was in uniform but in an unmarked vehicle, was driving on I-264 West near the Tidewater exit when a woman in a vehicle cut him off, according to Sgt. Anaya with Virginia State Police. When the officer made his way around the woman’s vehicle, the woman brandished a firearm.

“At this point, the officer backed off, and called state police,” Anaya said. “At the same time, the woman also called state police from her vehicle.”

Troopers caught up with the woman’s vehicle and conducted a felony traffic stop, meaning the troopers’ guns were drawn and they made the woman walk towards them backwards with her hands in the air.

After the woman’s vehicle was searched, a gun was found in her purse. Anaya said she was charged with brandishing a firearm.

VDOT cameras captured the woman’s vehicle being towed from the scene.

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