FERGUSON, Mo. – A Ferguson police officer was fired Friday following his arrest on allegations of stalking and attacking a former roommate and another person.
According to a spokesperson for the Ferguson Police Department, the incident occurred around 10 p.m. on August 30 in the 2800 block of Bredell in Maplewood.
Police said Officer Jesse Kline gained access to the home and attacked the woman and her boyfriend. Kline allegedly threatened the victims with a gun before leaving.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she used to be roommates and good friends with Jesse Kline. She said she cannot believe how she and her boyfriend survived the terrifying ordeal.
“He seemed like a really nice guy. We were not dating in any way,” she said. “Whenever I moved in it was clear that it was strictly platonic and that I needed a place to stay.”
The woman said Kline had trouble accepting things so she moved out.
“He kept saying how he loved me and how I should be with him and not this dirtbag,” she said.
She thinks the rejection sent him into a jealous rage, causing him to follow her and her boyfriend to his home on Bredell.
“He popped from behind the bushes in the backyard and opened up the back gate and had the gun pointed directly at my boyfriend,” she said.
The woman said Kline shouted for her boyfriend to get down on the ground.
“Whenever my boyfriend did not get on the ground … (Kline) hit him so hard on the chest that it left a mark and he was bleeding from that mark,” she said.
Kline, 30, was taken into custody at 12:45 a.m. He’s facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon, assault, and stalking. He’s being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
“It was terrifying. We’ve been hugging all day and we can’t believe we weren’t shot,” she said.
The woman said she doesn’t know if there’s anything different she could’ve done to prevent a situation that almost cost her and her boyfriend their lives, but she believes that it could happen to anyone.
“This is a thing that we see all the time we see officers that snap we see things that go wrong and everybody tries to give the benefit of the doubt,” she said. “I think officers should definitely be more accountable for their actions and for their mental state of mind.”
Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss released the following statement on the matter:
“I am disappointed and disheartened that former Officer Jesse Kline was arrested by the Maplewood Police Department earlier today. Mr. Kline is accused of conduct that is unbecoming of a police officer, and as a result, he has been terminated.
“While Mr. Kline is entitled to the presumption of innocence, we take these allegations very seriously. I will not tolerate any conduct that discredits this organization. Any time a law enforcement officer is accused of tarnishing the badge, it is an embarrassment to all the honest, hard-working members of this great profession who work, day in and day out, to protect and serve with integrity.
“The allegations surrounding Mr. Kline are in no way a reflection of the hard-working men and women of the Ferguson Police Department.”