Some charges have been dropped against an Aurora police officer accused of brandishing a gun during a road rage incident in Florida in March.

According to Lee County court records, Officer Joseph LaPerna, 48, was arrested on a felony aggravated assault and a misdemeanor weapons charge by the Florida Highway Patrol on March 3 after he allegedly brandished a Glock 43 at a Toyota while headed south towards Naples, Florida on Interstate 75.

Samatha Syoen, public information officer for the Lee County court, said prosecutors later decided the charges LaPerna was arrested on did not match up with the facts of the incident.

The assault charge has been dismissed, according to court records, and a bill of no information was filed on the weapons charge, meaning LaPerna no longer faces those charges.

However, LaPerna is still facing a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon, a first-degree misdemeanor.

His next hearing is on Aug. 8. LaPerna remains on unpaid leave with the Aurora Police Department. According to Police Chief Bryan Byard, LaPerna has been with the Aurora Police Department since Nov. 1, 1995, and could be eligible for retirement in November.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Byard said LaPerna was in Florida looking for work, but was not under threat of termination, despite a history of disciplinary problems.

According to records obtained by the Record-Courier, LaPerna was fired from his job in 2006 after an off-duty road rage incident. However, the police union fought the termination and LaPerna was reinstated.

He was reprimanded and disciplined on several occasions after being reinstated, but has also been recognized twice by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his efforts, and has received thank-you letters from citizens.

Byard has said that none of the infractions LaPerna was disciplined for over the years rose to the level of a terminable offense, other than the 2006 road rage incident. The most recent time the 34-member department terminated a police officer was in 2015, when a female officer was fired for multiple infractions.

Contact reporter Eileen McClory at or @Eileen_McClory.