HARRISBURG, Pa. — A former Pennsylvania police officer who was fired after a series of offenses that included falling asleep in his cruiser and pointing his gun as a joke has been denied unemployment benefits.

PennLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/2wiOYei ) that a state appeals court cited Kyle Rogers’ willful misconduct in denying his bid for unemployment.

Court documents show Rogers worked for the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for less than two years. He was suspended at least twice before his firing in January 2016.

Judge Patricia McCullough says Rogers was fired after pulling his loaded weapon in the station, pointing it at a scheduling board and threatening to shoot himself if he was reassigned to night shift.

Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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