An arson investigator with the Hermosa Beach Fire Department was charged for pointing his gun at a woman in a Sunset Beach bar last month.
Darryl Lee Powers, 49, was charged Aug. 19 with misdemeanor brandishing a firearm in a public place while out drinking in July.
He faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail if convicted, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Powers is accused of pulling out a knife and jamming it into the bar while out drinking with his cousin about 9:15 p.m. July 7 at Turc's Bar in Sunset Beach. The bartender confiscated the knife, but when he walked away, Powers allegedly pulled a gun out of his pocket and pointed it at a random woman sitting next to him at the bar.