Off-duty Suffolk officer accused of pointing gun at 3 women

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PATCHOGUE, N.Y.  — An off-duty Long Island police officer has been arrested on charges he wrongfully pointed a gun at three women on a Patchogue street, officials said.

Gregory Hanrahan allegedly made lewd remarks and then wrongfully pointed a gun at three women. (Suffolk County Police Department)

Gregory Hanrahan, a 2-year veteran of the force, pleaded not guilty to three counts of menacing at his arraignment Tuesday. Defense attorney Sean Lenihan declined comment.

Suffolk County police say the 32-year-old who has been an officer for two years was suspended without pay and his guns were seized.

It was not immediately clear if the handgun allegedly used in the altercation was police-issued.

Police officials say the incident allegedly happened Nov. 5 at about 1:45 a.m. on West Main Street in Patchogue.

A prosecutor at the arraignment said Hanrahan allegedly made lewd remarks to the women before brandishing the handgun. The woman say they were nervous and in shock. One said she was terrified for her life.

A judge issued orders of protection on behalf of the three women.

PIX11's Narmeen Choudhury contributed to this report.