FDNY firefighter arrested after pulling fake gun during argument
FDNY firefighter arrested after pulling fake gun during argument
Google Maps image of homes near where the incident took place.

Thomas Tracy

New York Daily News

An off-duty firefighter suspicious of a stranger waiting for a cab outside the FDNY member’s Brooklyn home menaced him with an imitation pistol and threatened to shoot him, officials said Tuesday.

Firefighter Eric Wachter, 33, stepped out of his home near E. 69th St. and Avenue V in Bergen Beach about 11 p.m. Monday and demanded to know why the 19-year-old man was standing there, cops said.

The two men got into a quarrel and Wachter allegedly pulled out an imitation pistol and threatened to shoot the victim.

Cops called to the scene arrested Wachter without incident. He is charged with menacing, harassment and weapon possession.

Wachter’s arraignment was pending in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday. The FDNY was taking steps to suspend Wachter, a department spokesman confirmed.

Wachter joined the FDNY as an EMT in 2010. He became a firefighter in 2018 and is currently assigned to Engine 5 in the East Village, officials said.

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