Charges: New Minneapolis cop said he'd kill wife and 'get away with it'

The charges say he got into an argument with his wife.

One of the Minneapolis Police Department's newest officers has been sidelined by accusations he threatened to kill his wife during a domestic dispute this month. 

Ahmed Jama was charged in Dakota County last week with "Threats of Violence," a felony that could get the 29-year-old up to five years in prison if convicted.

The criminal complaint says that on the night of Aug. 1, Jama got into an argument with his wife at their Apple Valley home, and at some point said he would "shoot her in the head and get away with it."

According to City Pages, Jama was sworn in as a Minneapolis cop the next day.

That same day, his wife called the authorities to report the threat. The criminal complaint says she told officers she was afraid of her husband, who had "never threatened her like that before."

A statement sent to GoMN from acting Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says Jama is a "probationary employee" who has "never worked in the capacity of a Minneapolis Police Officer." 

Nonetheless, the department has placed him on administrative leave. 

Arradondo also said he will "take appropriate action when necessary," adding that the Office of Police Conduct Review is investigating the case. 

Turbulent times for MPD 

Jama's case is the latest in a series of public scandals involving the Minneapolis police force. 

The most recent high-profile example is the shooting of Justine Damond, who died at the hands of a local cop last month. The officer in that case is on leave while state agents investigate. 

Former Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned the following week at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges. Hodges then nominated Arradondo to take her place.

There was also the July shooting of two family dogs by an officer.

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