Suspended Brookfield police patrolman Jay First on Wednesday reached a tentative plea deal with prosecutors to charges that he was drunk when he fired a gun Oct. 27 in Girard, said Girard Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey D. Adler.
A plea hearing was set for Dec. 27 to give First time to be evaluated for alcohol use and mental health issues, Adler said.
First was arrested at the home of a fellow Brookfield officer in Girard on charges of discharging a firearm within city limits and using weapons while intoxicated, Girard police said.
First, 42, of 979 Sharon Hogue Road, Masury, told police he had shot and killed a raccoon and that it was no big deal, Girard police said.
First appeared to be drunk and was unsteady, police said.
First told police he had something to show them and began reaching into a pocket, police said. Police told him to stop what he was doing, but First continued reaching into his pocket, police said.
Police grabbed First’s arm to stop him and pulled a loaded handgun from the pocket, police said.