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A rookie Minneapolis police officer has been charged with threatening his wife during an argument at their home the night before he was sworn in as a member of the city's police force.

Dakota County prosecutors say Ahmed Jama, 29, got into an argument with his wife at the couple's Apple Valley home around 11 p.m. on Aug. 1, according to a criminal complaint. Jama threatened to shoot his wife in the head, authorities said, telling her that he would get away with it.

No physical violence was reported in the complaint, but his wife told police the following day that she feared for her life, adding that Jama had never threatened her in that way before. Jama was sworn in as a Minneapolis police officer Aug. 2.

Acting Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said through a spokesperson that Jama, who is still on probation with the department, has been placed on administrative leave.

Arradondo said that the Office of Police Conduct Review would be investigating.

Jama voluntarily gave a statement to police, characterizing the argument as more of a discussion, the complaint said. He denied making the threat. He was later arrested and charged with making threats of violence with intent to terrorize, a felony.

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