Off-Duty Md. Cop Allegedly Punches Officer


Baltimore City police have confirmed that a Howard County police officer has been arrested after he allegedly punched a female officer outside a bar in a popular Baltimore nightlife district.

Officer Casey Lechter, 23, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 2900 block of O'Donnell Street and charged with assault on police, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.

Lechter is a probationary officer who had been on the force since last August. He was suspended pending an investigation.

According to charging documents, Lechter punched the female officer in the head as she was handcuffing another man, Kary Williams, 35. The documents indicated Lechter identified himself as a police officer but continued to resist arrest.

A private citizen came to the female officer's assistance before back up crews arrived. Police said Williams would face charges for his role in the melee.

Lechter and Williams both sustained injuries and were taken to John Hopkins Medical Center upon release to Central Booking, according to charging documents.

Howard County Police Department Chief William J. McMahon said, "The actions described in these charges, if accurate, do not meet the expectations set for members of the Howard County Police Department. As chief of police, I have been briefed and ordered an internal investigation immediately. I have reached out to Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld to express my concern about Lechter’s alleged involvement in this incident.”

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