A San Diego Police Department patch on an officer’s uniform. Courtesy SDPD

An off-duty San Diego Police officer was arrested Thursday, accused of brandishing a gun during a road rage incident in Clairemont.

Officer William Carter-Torres was immediately suspended from the department by Chief David Nisleit.

“These accusations are deeply disturbing to me, the department and our community. It will not be tolerated under any circumstances.,” Nisleit said.

A woman who called police about 9:15 a.m. reported that a man had pulled out the firearm “in a threatening manner” during a road rage incident, police said.

She provided police with the vehicle’s license plate number, and investigators determined the driver was Carter-Torres, according to authorities. The vehicle was his personal one, police said.

The officer, who has worked for the department for three years and was assigned to the Central Division, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, police said.

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