BLANCHESTER — A woman was charged with inducing panic after she pointed a pistol — which turned out to be a BB gun — at a neighbor, according to Blanchester police.
At around 9 p.m. Thursday Ptl. Sarah Luken responded to 303 E. Main St. on a report of a neighbor dispute.
“She arrived and spoke to Avery Ashman, 25, of that address, who told her an acquaintance named Brandi Murray, 21, and he had been arguing in the yard,” said BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt. “ Ashman stated Murray had pointed a BB gun pistol at his head during the argument. Ashman stated he believed Murray to be under the influence of alcohol or some drug of abuse.
“Murray then ran out the back door of the house, and Ptl. Luken gave chase, apprehending Murray about a block away on Center Street.”
“Murray resisted the officer’s efforts to take her into custody, threatened to sue the officer, and stated she was going to call President Trump and have him intervene in the matter,” Reinbolt said.
He said Ptl. Luken then interviewed several witnesses, including a neighbor who saw Murray “waving a gun around” and “clicking the trigger” during the argument with Ashman.
“The neighbor was not aware the gun was a BB gun and believed it to be an actual firearm,” said Reinbolt. “There were also several children in nearby back yards at the time of the incident.”
He said that a check of the computer database shows Murray is wanted by Brown County and Clermont County authorities for failure to appear in court on several charges, including vandalism.
“Unfortunately, the Brown and Clermont County warrants are classified as ‘county of want’ warrants only, meaning she could not be arrested in Clinton County on those warrants’,” Reinbolt said.
He said Murray, who provided her address as 3300 State Route 131, Fayetteville, was charged with inducing panic and was taken to the Clinton County Jail. She will answer the charge in the Clinton County Municipal Court.
The BB gun was seized as evidence.
“We are closely watching President Trump’s Twitter feed in order to gauge his reaction to Ms. Murray’s request for his intervention,” Reinbolt added.