CLEVELAND-- A veteran police officer appeared in front of a judge Thursday to face a felony weapon charge.
Officer Sean Gorman and his attorney, Henry Hilow, appeared in municipal court and an automatic not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Gorman is accused of having a gun while drinking alcohol inside a bar last week.
The FOX 8 I-Team broke the story Tuesday that an internal investigation was underway over Gorman's alleged actions inside the Clark Bar in Tremont.
A woman called 911 around 8:30 on Nov. 24, saying an off-duty officer had fired a shot inside the bar. A supervisor, who was sent to the bar after the call was made, advised it was a firework and not a gun shot.
Gorman is not charged with shooting the gun.
Police officials said Gorman will be suspended without pay while the case is pending.
He has been on the force since 1993.