Elderly woman allegedly wields handgun during dispute with fishermen.

March 14, 2016

OCSO cruiserBy Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

NEWFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 74-year-old woman was arrested by deputies from the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly displaying a handgun during a property dispute with several fishermen in the White River Sunday evening, March 13, according to Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred on the edge of 198th Avenue near Hawley Road, where a group of approximately five men were wading in the White River, steelhead fishing, Mast said.

“They were contacted by the suspect who demanded they get off the property,” Mast said. “She had some words with them.”

The woman then returned to her nearby residence, and the fisherman told police they heard gunshots coming from the site. The men then left the area, but later returned. As they were standing at the edge of the road, removing their waders, the suspect approached them in a vehicle and displayed a handgun, Mast said.

After deputies took the complaint, they went to the woman’s home and interviewed her. She admitted to confronting the fishermen and later displaying the gun, but she did not admit to pointing the gun at them, Mast said.

The woman was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. and may be facing a felonious assault charge. The police report was being submitted to the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office to determine the charges Monday, March 14, Mast said.

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