The night before Ahmed Jama joined the Minneapolis Police Department, he was allegedly involved in the kind of incident the city had hired him to investigate.
Jama was accused by his wife of threatening to kill her during an argument at their Apple Valley home on the night of August 1, the Star Tribune reports. Jama was sworn in as a police officer in Minneapolis the next day, which is also when his wife reported their argument to their local police.
Jama's wife accused him of threatening to "shoot [her] in the head," the complaint states, adding that he could "get away with it." Though their confrontation was strictly verbal, Jama's wife told police she was afraid her husband would kill her, and that this was the first time he'd spoken to her in that way.
The newly minted police officer presented a different version of events, denying the specific threat and telling police his exchange with his wife was "more of a discussion."
Jama, 29, is in his probationary period as a police officer, and has been placed on administrative leave; a spokesman for the police tells the Star Tribune his criminal case is under review by the department's office of conduct review.
Jama is charged with a felony for threatening violence with the "purpose to terrorize another." The crime carries a maximum penalty of a five year sentence and/or a $10,000 fine.