Columbus police arrested a 70-year-old Columbus man on a charge of intimidation-drawing a deadly weapon after he was accused of pointing a loaded gun at a motorist.
The incident happened at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near 22nd Street and Home Avenue, Columbus Police Department spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris said.
Larry J. Millemon, 2036 Newton St., was riding a bike near the intersection and turned in front of a car, a woman who was driving the car involved in the incident told police.
Harris said Millemon and the woman exchanged words over the near-collision. The woman told police Millemon made the comment that “it was a good way to get shot.”
The woman said she decided to drive away and call police, and as she did so, she saw Millemon pointing a gun at her vehicle.
Millemon was located a short time later near the area where the near-collision occurred, Harris said.
He had a loaded 9 mm handgun, which was being carried in a back brace he was wearing, Harris said.
Millemon also had a concealed carry badge that closely resembled a law enforcement badge, the officer said.
Harris said the concealed carry badges can be bought anywhere online and closely resemble law enforcement badges. These badges carry no enforcement powers or authenticity, he said, indicating the actual gun carry permit is a piece of paper that most people keep in their wallet or purse.
After talking to the woman and to other witnesses who observed the incident, Millemon was arrested on a charge of intimidation and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.
Millemon’s bail was set at $15,000 and was posted the same day he was arrested, according to jail officials.
The preliminary charge of intimidation-drawing a deadly weapon is a Level 5 felony, according to Columbus police.
The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges to file.