Cop in train altercation: 'I pulled out my gun'

An off-duty New York City police officer has been suspended without pay for allegedly pointing a gun at passengers on an LIRR train.

In an exclusive interview with News 12 Long Island, Officer David Hendrick, 38, of Brentwood, says the group of passengers was being rowdy and disrespectful on a Ronkonkoma-bound train Sunday after a Rangers game.

Hendrick says he asked the group twice to calm down and when they refused, he identified himself as a police officer and a fight soon erupted. He says he pulled out his gun after two men began attacking him.

MTA police arrested Hendrick when the train arrived in Mineola. He pleaded not guilty to a felony weapons charge and misdemeanor menacing charge. The 16-year NYPD veteran has also been suspended without pay.

Hendrick faces up to 15 years behind bars if convicted. He defends his actions, saying he did his job to the best of his ability.

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