Authorities say a DeKalb County police detective is accused of pointing his weapon at a teenager in a McDonald's drive-thru line earlier this month. The incident was caught on surveillance video, which appears to show the officer approaching the teen's car and pointing a gun into the driver's side window.
The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. on April 9 at a McDonald's restaurant on Old Atlanta Road in Cumming.
Forsyth County investigators say 48-year-old Scott Biumi, a sergeant with the DeKalb County Police Department, got upset with 18-year-old Ryan Mash, who is a senior at Lambert High School. They say Biumi got out of his car and the two exchanged words before Biumi drew his weapon and pointed it at Mash.
"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 recalled.
Mash told FOX 5 he was waiting for his food, and he said he told Biumi that's the only reason he was still sitting in the line.
"And he's like, 'Whatever,' and walked back to his car," Mash said. "Then I was like, 'Sorry for the inconvenience, sir,' and he got back out and started yelling at me."
Mash said Biumi told him, "You don't want to mess with me," before putting his hand on Mash's shoulder and pulling out his gun. Two of Mash's friends were in the pick-up with him, and they say they couldn't believe what was happening.
"I was terrified," said Luke Avera. "I didn't know what to think. My heart was racing."
Mash's friend Drake Thomas said he saw Biumi's badge under his shirt. Thomas got Biumi's license plate number, and according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department, that broke the case. They call the case disturbing.
Biumi was arrested on Wednesday morning. He's charged with aggravated assault. He was released on $22,000 bond, and is due in court on May 23. FOX 5 went to Biumi's home for comment on Wednesday, but he referred us to his attorney.
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