POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – A city official in the southeastern Missouri town of Poplar Bluff faces criminal charges for allegedly pumping a shotgun to tease a liberal counterparts.
Poplar Bluff Streets Superintendent Denis Kearbey, 53, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and is free on $25,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty Monday.
In a probable cause statement, the Missouri State Highway Patrol claims that Kearbey spent a short barrel shotgun to the clerk’s office on Sept. 12, pumped it a few times and asked the female clerk was scared.
Kearbey, in the first instance denied that he took a gun to the office, the Highway Patrol said. But troopers got a search warrant and found a short barrel shotgun under a bed in his home, Trooper Matthew B. Foster wrote.
Later, in an interview with troopers, Kearbey, ” he has the firearm in the office and was teasing (the clerk) about the fact that a liberal,” Foster wrote. Kearbey told the germans that he never threatened anyone with the gun.
Kearbey’s lawyer, Daniel Moore, said Wednesday that Kearbey has a right to carry a firearm and denies any wrongdoing.
“Fortunately, the Second Amendment gives you quite a bit of protection,” Moore said.
Poplar Bluff, with a population of 17,000, is located 150 miles south of St. Louis.