Off-Duty Officer Gives Last Scare at Haunted House

Cop accused of pulling gun on "Leatherface"

By BEN NUCKOLS
|  Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 5:31 PM EDT
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Off-Duty Officer Gives Last Scare at Haunted House

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How do you scare Leatherface?

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore city police officer got a real fright at a haunted house -- and now he faces assault charges.

Sgt. Eric Janik pulled his gun on a haunted house employee dressed up as the killer from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," according to county police.

The employee approached Janik, who was off duty, after the haunted house tour was over Sunday night in a bid to get "one last scream," police said. For the last fright of the tour, Leatherface chases people around, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Instead of screaming, Janik pulled his service weapon and pointed it at the man's chest. The man dropped the chain saw, which had no chain and was not dangerous.

Charging documents show that Janik smelled of alcohol and told two different stories about what he did with the gun -- both of which were contradicted by witnesses.

Janik has been suspended with pay, pending a formal suspension hearing.

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