A Newport Beach police officer has pleaded not guilty to recklessly discharging a gun while off-duty.

Roland Martin Stucken, 31, of Newport Beach, was arraigned Thursday on the misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence.

“Our position is he did not commit any violations, and the evidence is completely circumstantial regarding his conduct in this,” Stucken’s attorney, John Barnett, said. “What it looks like is that shots were fired and shells were recovered so they blame him. We’ll resist this.”

The gunfire occurred May 22 after Stucken left a bar in San Clemente with a woman, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The two rode an Uber to the woman’s neighborhood, and Stucken allegedly fired multiple rounds from his personal gun, which was not his service-issued firearm, prosecutors allege.

Stucken faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

–City News Service

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