Two officers fight over who can run faster, one allegedly pulls gun

Two Atlanta police officers were relieved of duty after they allegedly got into a fight over which one of the could run faster. During the fist fight, one of them allegedly pulled his gun.

Officers Stephen Green and Joseph Tyer were eating with a few of their fellow officers on Friday morning at R. Thomas Restaurant in Buckhead when they began to banter about who could run faster. Then, the banter took a suddenly dangerous turn as Tyler said, “I’m going to punch you in the face.”

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The argument then came to blows, and Tyler allegedly pulled his service weapon, according to Officer Lukasz Sajdak, a spokesman for the Atlanta police. The other officers pulled the fight apart, and no shots were fired.

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“The Atlanta Police Department takes these allegations very seriously,” the Office of Professional Standards, which has opened up an investigation into the incident, said in a statement. “Chief [George] Turner has always prioritized officer accountability and professional behavior at all times. He will continue to take decisive action when necessary to hold his employees to the highest standard.”

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Green has been put on administrative leave following the fist fight, while Tyler resigned from the force on Tuesday.