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AP: Cop Involved in Gray Arrest Once Reportedly Hospitalized for Mental Health Issues

One of the police officers involved in the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was once reportedly hospitalized over mental health issues and his guns were confiscated by higher-ups.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, Lt. Brian Rice (one of the officers ID’d and suspended in the Gray case) made some kind of unclear threat that got his colleagues concerned about him, back in 2012.

Rice ended up in the hospital, and sheriff’s deputies took his multiple firearms. He had also received two administrative suspensions, at least one of which was directly connected to the report on that incident.

And this is what happened, the AP says, when they tried to get comment from Rice:

When the AP visited Rice’s home last week and left a note requesting an interview, Rice called the sheriff’s department to report the visit as trespassing. Karen McAleer, the mother of his son, also declined to speak with the AP.

UPDATE — May 6, 12:57 p.m. ET: The Guardian has obtained the full court document complain against Lt. Brian Rice, which alleges that the officer threatened to kill himself and his ex-girlfriend’s husband in April 2012. Andrew McAleer, the husband of Karyn McAleer, with whom Rice has a young son, filed the complaint and was granted a temporary restraining order by a judge.

The Guardian reports:

“I am seeking protection immediately,” McAleer wrote to a court in Carroll County, Maryland, in January 2013. He alleged Rice’s behaviour had caused him “to have constant fear for my personal safety” and a “fear of imminent harm or death from Brian Rice”.

Rice was ordered to stay away from McAleer, his home and his workplace after a series of alleged confrontations, including one armed standoff in June 2012 when officers from two police departments responded to a 911 call and spent 90 minutes defusing the situation.

McAleer alleged Rice was screaming and smelled of alcohol during the 2am confrontation in front of McAleer’s house. He said his wife later said Rice had told her he planned to kill McAleer during the June 2012 encounter.

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