Police Officer Suspended After Threatening to Shoot Two Young Men

By Brandi Bailey

Police Officer Suspended After Threatening to Shoot Two Young Men

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 4:03 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An Endicott Police Officer is suspended after he allegedly threatened to shoot two young men who were walking on Pheasant Lane in Endwell.

According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, John L. Vanek, 52, was arrested for second degree menacing.

Vanek is an Endicott Police officer but was off duty at the time of the incident.

He allegedly confronted two young men while they were walking home from snowboarding at Highland Park.

Vanek had been looking for kids who had run through his yard.

He confronted the two holding a night stick and threatening to bash their heads in, sick his dog on them and shoot them if they ever came on his property again.

Vanek then called the Sheriff's Office to report the youths were on his property.

After an investigation it was found that the two Vanek threatened were not in his yard.

Vanek is suspend pending an internal investigation in the Endicott Police Department, however officials would not confirm whether he was suspended with or without pay because it is a personnel issue.

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