An Independence County man is facing charges after two separate people say they encountered him with a gun.
Officers were called to an area just outside of Pleasant Plains for a subject that had apparently fired a gun at someone. Authorities found Robert Brandon Allen, 38, of Blackland Road in an “agitated” mood. After Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens calmed the situation, officers took Allen into custody.
During an interview at the jail, officers said Allen admitted to shooting the gun in the air one time, saying “he wanted his neighbor to know he had a gun too.” Interviewers say Allen also told them he had been drinking vodka that day.
A neighbor, Edward Freeman, told authorities that Allen had come to his residence and pointed a shotgun at him. On the same date, Elizabeth Jones told authorities in a written statement that Allen came to her residence, forced his way inside, and held a gun to her temple. She said he then left the residence and fired a shot into the air.
Allen is charged in Independence County Circuit Court with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. All three counts are felonies.
Allen is in custody and has been placed on a $75,000 bond.