Volusia County

New Smyrna Beach police officer resigns after allegedly pulling gun at bar while off duty, department says

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A New Smyrna Beach police officer resigned for allegedly pulling his gun during an argument at a bar less than six months after being sworn in, according to the department.

Walter Milewski, 26, turned in his badge and gun after to the incident, which happened Dec. 26, 2019, inside Uncle Waldo’s Sports Pub & Billiards on South Nova Road in Daytona Beach.

One of Milewski’s friends was talking to another person inside the bar when Milewski, unprovoked, began yelling across the bar that the man was “a big guy” and wanted to “fight,” the police report states.

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Milewski and the other person was separated, and Milewski took his friend outside to cool things down. That’s when Milewski began arguing with his friend, and pulled a gun out from his waistband and pointed it at the ground in his friend’s direction, the arrest report states. Milewski eventually dropped the gun.

The friend picked up the gun and left with Milewski before police arrived.

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Milewski was off duty at the time. He was put on paid leave, police said. A few days later, he resigned. Prosecutors are deciding if he will face an improper exhibition of a firearm charge, which is a misdemeanor.