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Off-Duty Officer Admits Firing Gun On Westchester Residential Street

Orville Kitson.
Orville Kitson. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

An off-duty police officer has surrendered himself into custody after pleading guilty to unlawfully firing his service weapon without cause.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced that Orville Kitson, a Mount Vernon Police Officer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of prohibited use of a weapon after surrendering himself at Scarpino’s office on Friday morning.

Kitson was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

The charge comes from an incident in June 2016, when at approximately 4 a.m., Kitson fired his police service weapon on South Third Avenue in Mount Vernon.

Scarpino noted that Kitson was off-duty when he fired two .45 caliber rounds from his Glock-21 pistol, stating that “(Kitson’s firing of his service weapon that morning was not necessary, was not in self-defense, and was not in the discharge of an official duty.”

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

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