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Gun-pointing cop fired, arrested

May 19, 2003

Warwick-- A former Warwick cop is in jail for pulling a gun on a man who was helping the officer's ex-wife with her broken-down car.

Thirty-seven-year-old James Pitts was on duty Saturday evening. But he left his post in Warwick to drive to Arabi where his ex-wife, Katherine Pitts, was stranded with car trouble.

J. C. Patrick, along with several other men, was helping the woman with her car. Pitts drove up in his patrol car, started to threaten her, and then pulled a gun on Patrick.

"Because of his conduct, we terminated him, because of his conduct, the investigation handled by Crisp County Sheriff's Department," said Warwick Police Chief Sedric Carithers. "It's unprofessional, we just don't tolerate nothing like that."

"It is serious, anytime a police officer gets involved in any kind of crime. Domestic violence is one of the big issues we deal with today in law enforcement," said Crisp Sheriff Donnie Haralson.

When deputies arrived, Pitts had already fled the scene. No one was injured. Pitts is facing several charges, including aggravated assault and making a terroristic threat.

posted at 5:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com