Prince George’s cop charged in domestic incident
A Prince George’s County police officer was suspended without pay and charged with first-degree assault for a domestic incident Monday evening after a verbal argument with his wife allegedly provoked him to put his agency-issued service pistol up to her head.
Ofc. Sean Michael Mischo, 29, of Huntingtown was charged with first-degree assault for the July 11 incident where he allegedly threatened his wife while pointing a pistol at her, charging documents state.
Dfc. Locke of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 1000 block of Mary Circle in Huntingtown for the report of a domestic incident around 6:08 p.m. July 11. The complainant, Mischo’s wife, informed the Calvert County Control Center that Mischo allegedly put a gun to her head, that he was bipolar and that he is a Prince George’s County police officer, according to the documents. Mischo’s wife alleges he said he was going to kill her as he held the gun to her head. The victim
told the control center she left the home and Mischo was still inside for all she knew. After making that statement, the victim then said her husband found her on the road and operators heard screaming.
As Locke turned onto Mary Circle, he observed a red sports car on an adjacent street. After pulling up to the residence, the sports car pulled up behind Locke, at which time Mischo said he was a Prince George’s County police officer and he was not armed. Mischo was detained and no weapons were located on his person or in his vehicle. The victim was then located by Det. Rector to be questioned by Locke.
The victim told Locke she had a great day shopping and having lunch together with Mischo until they returned home and he became upset about the pool being dirty, charging documents detail. The victim said she then called the pool company and was on the phone with them when Mischo allegedly began yelling for her to get off the phone.
After she got off the phone, the victim alleges Mischo picked his gun belt off the floor, took out his gun and pointed it at her saying she ruined his life and he was going to kill her. She said she then ran out of the house scared. The victim provided a written statement regarding the incident and completed a domestic violence case summary and a domestic violence lethality screening.
When questioned by Locke, Mischo also said he had a great day shopping with his wife and having lunch, the documents state. He said he got upset when they returned home after observing the pool was dirty and the two began arguing. Mischo said he then became angry that she was on the phone, explaining that she then walked out the house. Mischo said he locked all of the doors and she couldn’t get back in because he locked the main door lock. He then told her to leave him alone.
After 10 minutes without seeing his wife in the front yard, Mischo said he decided to go looking for her. He located her a short distance from the home, at which time he said she began screaming. Mischo said he then pulled off the roadway and went home after seeing deputies riding through the neighborhood because “he knew that she had called police on him.” Mischo said he didn’t pick up his duty belt or remove his firearm from its hol- ster.
Sgt. K. Bodenhorn of the Prince George’s County Police’s Internal Affairs Division later arrived on scene to speak with Mischo and his wife about the incident. Bodenhorn took Mischo’s agency-issued service pistol.
Due to the allegations made by his wife, Mischo was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center to appear in front of a district court commissioner. He posted a $25,000 bail Tuesday and is scheduled for an Aug. 8 preliminary hearing.
The Prince George’s County Police Department also took action against Mischo until the case is closed.
“Upon learning of the charge against our officer, he was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation,” Officer Tyler Hunter of PGCPD said in a phone interview. “Our internal affairs division also opened an administrative investigation. We’re cooperating with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office as the investigation moves forward.”
Mischo joined the Prince George’s County Police Department in 2010 and is assigned to the bureau of investigation. He was off duty at the time of the incident.