Maryland police Sgt. Eric Janik, 37, may not get the thrust of trick of treat traditions. The Baltimore police officer went to a haunted house called the House of Screams with friends and when confronted by a character dressed as Leatherface with a chainsaw (sans the chain, of course), Janik pulled out his service weapon and pointed it at the man, who immediately dropped character, dropped the chainsaw, and ran like a bat out of Halloween Hell.
Janik is charged with assault and reckless endangerment for his actions. He and his friends had been followed by Mike Morrison at the end of the tour for “one last scream” in the parking lot. Morrison said later “I started shaking pretty bad.”
Witnesses said that Janik smelled of alcohol. A security officer had actually followed Janik because he appeared drunk and had a nine-year-old child with him. Janik also reportedly gave conflicting accounts to the police, including a denial that he pulled out his weapon.
Janik could also face an assault charge from Morrison in a tort action.
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