MPD officer, radio dispatcher on paid leave during investigation

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis police officer accused of flashing a gun at a complainant and a radio dispatcher have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

Darrell Malone and Jenny Rice's cases are being reviewed by Inspectional Services.

Malone was off-duty at the time of the incident this week.

According to a Memphis Police Department statement, MPD's Communications Bureau was contacted by a complainant who advised that several motorcycles were driving recklessly in the area of Germantown Parkway and I-240.

The complainant said that he pulled next to one of the motorcyclist and advised that he was going to contact the police if they continued driving in this manner.

One of the motorcyclists allegedly showed the complainant a handgun that was in a holster on his waistband and advised the complainant that he was a police officer.

The motorcyclists pulled into a parking lot off Germantown near Giacosa Place and an officer was dispatched to the area concerning this complaint.

The motorcyclist was located in the parking lot of Joe's Crab Shack and was identified as an off-duty MPD officer Darrell Malone.

Malone advised that he was traveling northbound Germantown Parkway when he, and another motorcyclist, were cut off by a motorist that was occupying a SUV which was also traveling northbound Germantown Parkway.

Malone said that he attempted to flag the motorist to alert the driver that the motorcyclists were in the lane next to him.

Also, he said that he did have a weapon holstered on his side and that the driver may have seen his weapon while he was trying to flag the complainant.

The complainant did not remain on the scene, but later contacted the Communications Bureau and advised that he was contacted by off-duty Malone on the phone.

A supervisor was advised of the incident and a workstation complaint was filed.  

After the completion of this investigation, more information will be available.

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