SEATTLE — King County Sheriff John Urquhart says he has placed a veteran deputy on administrative leave after the deputy drew his gun on a motorcyclist during a traffic stop.

KIRO-TV reports that the motorcyclist, Alex Randall, captured the encounter on his helmet camera as he was stopped at a red light on Aug. 16, at Northeast 145th Street and 5th Avenue Northeast between Seattle and Shoreline.

The video shows the plainclothes deputy suddenly standing next to Randall with his gun drawn. The motorcyclist asks why he has his gun out, tells the deputy he’s unarmed, and offers to move his motorcycle to the side of the road. The deputy orders Randall to get out his identification, and tells him, “You move this bike I’m gonna dump you.”

The deputy tells Randall he was driving recklessly, but Randall says he didn’t get a ticket.

Urquhart wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he was “deeply disturbed” by the deputy’s actions and placed him on administrative leave pending an investigation. The deputy’s name was not immediately released.

Information from: KIRO-TV, htt

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