2nd arrest for cop accused in gun case
The suspended Prince George's County police officer charged with re-selling guns he seized from criminals was arrested in Annapolis last week for stashing a 10-inch bayonet in his SUV, authorities said.
Juan Carter, 36, of Bowie, was charged Nov. 12 with carrying a concealed dangerous weapon and released on personal recognizance, said Maj. Scott Baker, an Annapolis city police department spokesman.
A woman who was with him, Sheira Lynn Carter, 27, of Baltimore, was also charged with possessing an open container of alcohol, Baker said. Baker said he did not know the relationship between the two.
The incident started just after 9 p.m., when two Annapolis city police officers in an unmarked patrol car rolled up on Carter's SUV idling in the pool parking lot at Truxton Park, Baker said.
Juan Carter was in the SUV with Sheira Carter, Baker said, and a container of alcohol was visible in the center console.
An officer asked Juan Carter what he was doing, and he replied, "Just talking," Baker said. He said the officer then ran Juan Carter's license and registration, finding that the license was expired.
Officers eventually searched Carter's SUV with his permission and found a 10-inch bayonet under the seat, Baker said. At some point, Baker said, Carter told officers he was a Prince George's County police officer -- though the only proof he could provide was an expired Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions card.
Baker said officers contacted Prince George's County police and they sent an investigator to Annapolis. "He was probably looking for special treatment," Baker said.
Carter had already been accused of taking guns he had seized from criminals and re-selling them on the streets while he worked on a state-run firearms task force, authorities said. He was arrested in Prince George's last month after he was indicted on 13 counts of misconduct in office and theft, though he was later released on bond.
He had been suspended since late last year, when the investigation into the gun theft began, authorities said.
Carter's phone was not receiving incoming calls Thursday. No lawyer was listed for him in court records.
| November 18, 2010; 5:23 PM ET
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