Tucson cop arrested, fired for pulling gun on gas station clerk

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – They are trained to serve and protect, and yet another Tucson cop is in cuffs.

This time he is accused of pulling a gun on a gas station clerk, and it’s all caught on camera.
Kyle McCartin, a Tucson cop charged with two counts of aggravated assault, was released to pretrial services Tuesday night.
The judge ordered him not to drink alcohol and not to return to the scene of the crime.
And McCartin isn’t the first TPD officer in recent history to end up on the wrong side of the law.
He is accused with the kind of reckless crime we trust him to stop.
“Oh my gosh!” said one woman, when 9OYS showed her the video.
“Wow!” said another.
The shocking images, obtained by 9OYS, show a man in a black bulletproof vest.
“What, what’s he doing?” asked one man, as he watched.
He is all smiles, pointing his gun, not once but twice, at an innocent clerk.
“He’s showing off his gun?” he asked.
That man, deputies say, is 23 year-old Kyle McCartin, an officer with the Tucson Police Department.
9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa asked, “Is it scarier seeing a police officer do that?”
“Oh, terrible,” said the man.  “They’re an example.”
“That’s shocking,” said another woman.
It all happened early Tuesday morning at an eastside Giant gas station.
McCartin was off duty.
The clerk told deputies he appeared intoxicated.
Authorities say it sends the wrong message.
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