FERGUSON • A Ferguson police officer was fired Friday after he was arrested on assault, weapons and stalking charges in Maplewood overnight.
Maplewood police say Ferguson Police Officer Jesse Kline, 30, of Wentzville, followed his girlfriend and a man to a residence in the 2800 block Bredell Avenue about 10 p.m. Thursday.
Kline then allegedly accosted the man and woman in the backyard of the home, Maplewood Police Chief Stephen Kruse said.
Police say Kline poked the man in the chest with the barrel of a Glock 21 handgun and made a threat against his life, according to charging documents.
During the altercation, the man sustained a minor injury before Kline drove away from the home, Kruse said.
The victims called police, and Kline was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, according to Kruse and charging documents.
Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss released a written statement Friday announcing that Kline had been terminated.
"While Mr. Kline is entitled to the presumption of innocence, we take these allegations very seriously," the statement read. "I will not tolerate any conduct that discredits this organization."
Kline was hired by the department in November 2015 and was a member of the Patrol K-9 Division, according to Ferguson police. He was off-duty at the time of his arrest, police said.
Kline was charged Friday with stalking, unlawful use of a weapon and assault. His bail was set at $50,000, cash only.