Woman accused of pointing gun at 2-year-old, grandmother, suspended as VA employee


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly pointed a gun at a 2-year-old and her grandmother as they were crossing the street at Poplar Avenue and Fourth.

According to police records, Linda Turner began honking her horn at the pair and gesturing at them. She then stopped the car, rolled down the window and the two women "exchanged words."

A witness stated that's when Turner pulled out a gun, pointed it and told them "I am the police" when they said officers were on their way to arrest her.

While being questioned, the suspect told police the grandmother was jaywalking in front of her and that she was only "fussing" at them when she became the target of ugly words. She also admitted to showing them her handgun, but denied pointing it at them.

Officers said they discovered a loaded, six-shot Taurus revolver in the front passenger seat.

Turner was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor criminal impersonation of an officer.

Turner works at the Memphis Veteran's Affairs Hospital.

A source says she works in fiscal services.

A statement released Thursday by VA officials said she has been suspended of all duties.

Their statement said this in part:

Upon learning of the employee’s arrest, VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour said, “This behavior is not in line with the norms and values of the VA, and as a result the employee has been suspended from all duties. VA has initiated the process for removal from employment.

“Secretary Shulkin has made clear that VA will hold employees accountable when they fail to live up to the high standards taxpayers expect from us. And that’s exactly what we’re doing in this case.”

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