Keri Sean McNaughton, 33, has been charged with terroristic threats and acts after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife in the head.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Duluth cop fired after arrest for allegedly threatening to kill wife

A Duluth police officer has been fired following his arrest on a felony charge of terroristic threats and acts, the department said in a press release.

Keri Sean McNaughton, 33, was arrested early Monday morning at his Buford home after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife in the head, a Gwinnett County police report says.

McNaughton was put on paid administrative leave after the arrest. After completing an internal investigation, the Duluth Police Department fired McNaughton, who was on the force for four years. 

READ | Owner will take action on Gwinnett gas station falling into sinkhole

A child in McNaughton’s home called 911 around 2 a.m. Monday after McNaughton and his wife had an altercation, the police report said. McNaughton had told his wife to stop doing laundry and go to bed. McNaughton became angry and began yelling at his wife, saying he would “put a bullet in her head” and making hand motions resembling pulling a trigger, the police report says. McNaughton threatened to kill everyone in the house and said “I will (expletive) murder you” to the woman, according to the police report.

When the child tried to intervene, McNaughton shouted that he would kill the kid and used a racial slur, according to the police report. The child ran into their bedroom and called 911. 

When questioned by an officer, McNaughton said he had had six beers around 4 p.m. that day. McNaughton was arrested and transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. He was released on $5,700 bond within seven hours of booking. 

“The Duluth Police Department does not tolerate or condone any type of criminal behavior or inappropriate statements made by any of its officers,” the department said in a release. “The actions and statements made by Officer McNaughton during this incident do not represent the culture of our organization and as soon as we were made aware of this incident, we moved quickly to address the situation.”

Like Gwinnett County News on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram
Stay up to the minute with breaking news on Channel 2 Action News This Morning

The suspect was arrested when he met with undercover agents in Gwinnett County

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.