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Ava Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threat for Showing Airsoft Gun in Court

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. – An Ava man has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat with criminal negligence for showing a pellet gun while in court.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. – An Ava man has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat with criminal negligence for showing a pellet gun while in court.

According to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, John Medlock, 31, of Ava, was arrested on Feb. 14 after an incident earlier that day at the Douglas County Court House.

Police say Medlock and his wife were in the court house and were “obviously upset and angry about the amount of property that was shown to be on file for them.”

During a conversation with court house officials, Medlock displayed a firearm in a shoulder holster while in one of the County offices.

An immediate search for Medlock and his wife, but they had already quickly left the area.

Later, deputies were sent to Medlock’s residence to speak with him about the incident.

Deputies could be hear people talking inside, however they refused to answer the door, according to the statement.

After obtaining a search warrant, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Howell County SRT Team executed it without incident.

During the search, the shoulder holster was located and it contained a real-looking Airsoft gun, according to the statement.

Medlock stated he had been shooting Airsoft guns with a friend and stated it was too hard to take off.

Upon inspection of the Airsoft pistol, it was discovered that it was in an inoperable condition, with no pellets in it and no pellets being found in the residence.

Medlock was taken into custody and charged with making a terrorist threat with criminal negligence.

His bond was set at $5,000.

Medlock has since posted bond with bond conditions that he not enter certain offices in the court house and that he not be in possession of firearms.

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