NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts sheriff’s department employee found himself on the wrong side of the law this weekend, after a confrontation with a group of teenagers.
Police said 43-year-old Jeffrey Parillo, who works for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, was taken into custody after threatening a group of teens in Norton Sunday night.
The incident happened on Juniper Road, where Parillo lives, according to police.
Officials said the teens told them they were in a parked car when Parillo approached them and identified himself as a police officer. According to police, he allegedly pulled one of the teens from the car and struck him.
According to investigators, the teens asked to see his badge shortly before the altercation. He was not wearing a uniform at the time, police said.
Officials said the teens held Parillo down until officers arrived. He was armed with a handgun, according to officials.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News they were shocked to hear about the confrontation.
“Oh my goodness, I’m shocked and the area is pretty quiet. Nothing really happens or goes on around here,” said Matt Azulay.
Azulay said Parillo has lived on the road for a few years and is generally a pretty friendly guy.
“It’s insane,” added neighbor Andy Dalton. “You’d expect something more. He should be held to a higher standard.”
Police arrested and charged Parillo with assault and battery, disorderly conduct and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
According to the Sun Chronicle, Parillo was let go on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty in court Monday.