Man arrested after altercation with delivery driver

Police arrested a Columbus resident after he was accused of shooting a handgun in his front yard during an altercation with a newspaper delivery driver.

Curtis O. Mason, 28, is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of pointing a loaded firearm and intimidation with a deadly weapon, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Columbus police spoke with a Republic newspaper delivery driver who told them about the altercation which reportedly occurred in the 1900 block of Gilmore Street, Harris said.

An argument between Mason and the delivery driver began about 6 a.m. Friday about a possible motor-vehicle infraction, Harris said.

The delivery driver told police that Mason took out a handgun and discharged it once into the front yard, Harris said.

The driver was not injured, Harris said.

Mason is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $37,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.