A rookie Orange police officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly flashing a handgun during an argument with employees at a Panorama City hospital, authorities said.
The 24-year-old officer was off duty when he allegedly displayed a handgun in his waistband "in a threatening manner" during a confrontation Saturday evening with a nurse at Kaiser Permanente hospital, according to a Los Angeles Police Department report.
The officer was reportedly upset over the medical treatment his mother was receiving. His name was not released.
Los Angeles police confiscated the officer's gun but did not take him into custody.
"The nurse did not want to make a private citizen's arrest, so he was not arrested," said L.A. police spokeswoman Charlotte Broughton. "We notified his department, and any action they take is up to them."
The Orange Police Department is investigating the incident, Capt. Art Romo said. "We do take the allegations very seriously."
Romo said the officer is a recent graduate of the police academy. He is in his probationary period, which normally lasts for a year after graduation, Romo said.