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City man charged after pointing gun at officer

COLUMBUS — A 30-year-old Columbus man is accused of leveling a handgun at a police officer during an early morning encounter outside his front door earlier this month.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa on Tuesday set a $10,000 personal recognizance bond for Aaron Lotspeich on a charge of terroristic threats in connection with the 1:56 a.m. confrontation Jan. 20 in the 2600 block of 31st Street.

Skorupa scheduled Lotspeich for a status hearing on the charge Feb. 13. The defendant had been in emergency protective custody at an area hospital following the incident.

Terroristic threats is a Class IV felony, punishable by a maximum of five years imprisonment, $10,000 fine or both and no minimum sentence.

Court documents detail an incident that got underway when Columbus Police Officers Dale Ciboron and Scott Hanis responded to a call for a welfare check on a man who had reportedly been making threats to harm himself.

The officers positioned themselves on either side of the defendant’s front door and knocked several times, Ciboron said in his statement supporting Lotspeich’s arrest. The officer said the jacket with reflective lettering he was wearing made it clear he was an officer.

“The male subject stood there for a moment (in the open doorway), looking at me in what appeared to be from a ‘top to bottom’ fashion,” Ciboron said.

“In the following moment, this male subject quickly presented a handgun and brought it up level to my face, to the point I was looking into its barrel,” the officer said.

Ciboron said he responded to the gun threat by quickly backing off the porch, but stumbled over a pumpkin while yelling to Hanis that the defendant had a gun. The officers then retreated and sought cover behind a patrol car.

Moments later, Ciboron said, the defendant came out of his home and walked to the edge of the driveway with his hands in the air, where he was taken into custody. The defendant said he was “going through a rough period,” the officer said.

The weapon, recovered just inside the home’s front door, was subsequently found to be a loaded Crossman pellet gun, Ciboron said.


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