Off-duty Border Patrol Agent charged after pulling gun on driver while passing vehicle

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Hamburg, NY – An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent was arraigned in court for menacing after being accused of driving alongside a vehicle and point a gun at the driver.

Derek J. Gentner, 39, according to court documents followed a male victim from a motel parking lot after an incident involving Gentner, the suspect and an unidentified woman.

On Sunday, November 6, at approximately 1:48 am, Gentner is accused of following the victim as he drove out of a motel parking lot and headed northbound on Camp Road in the Town of Hamburg.

“The male victim called 911 to report that as the defendant drove in the left-hand passing lane, he allegedly pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle and displayed a handgun,” according to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. “The defendant is accused of pointing the weapon out of his passenger side window toward the victim near Scranton Road, which placed the victim in reasonable fear of physical injury or death. The alleged crime followed an incident involving the defendant and a female at the motel.”

Following the alleged incident, the victim turned left onto Camp Road and drove southbound. According to the defendant, he continued to follow the victim in his vehicle before stopping on Lakeview Road in the Village of Hamburg. The victim met with police officers a short distance away.

The defendant was arrested following a traffic stop on Lake Street and Haviland Place. It is alleged that the defendant, a US Customs and Border Protection officer who was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident, menacing the victim with a firearm issued to him by the agency.

Gentner is scheduled to return on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. for further proceedings.