A former California police officer is facing charges after he allegedly threatened a “bullet” in the head of an 11-year-old boy for cheating on a doorbell, authorities said.
Dean Taylor, who was a San Francisco Police Department police officer, was taken to his home in San Rafael on charges of kidnapping and death threats.
The incident began on February 12 when a group of minors rang the doorbell in the area and then fled before a resident was able to respond.
An 11-year-old boy told police Taylor confronted them, got into his car and chased after the group, according to a police statement. At one point, Taylor allegedly blocked the boy’s path with a car, he told authorities.
“The suspect got out of his vehicle, started shouting at the victim, grabbed him by the neck and forced him to the ground,” police said. “The victim said that when he got to his feet, he was pushed into the suspect’s vehicle.”
A person in the area witnessed the incident and called police.
According to authorities, the boy said Taylor threatened to “put a bullet in his head” if he ever teased her again at home. Taylor then drove the boy to the street.
The boy said he ran to his parents ’house and told them what had happened. Police said the child’s neck was red from where he allegedly grabbed it, but that he did not need medical attention.
Police spoke to Taylor who said the group rang his doorbell four times and that he had “had enough,” the statement said. He said he chased the group after hitting his bell again, but denied grabbing the boy by the neck or threatening him.