The police chief in Drexel, south of Kansas City, who was arrested early Wednesday, is accused of pointing a loaded gun while he was intoxicated at his girlfriend’s son and trying to avoid arrest.
The Kansas City Star reports 39-year-old Jonathan Carpenter was off duty when he allegedly got into an argument with the woman’s son and pulled out a gun.
The Cass County prosecuting attorney’s office has charged Carpenter with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated, a Class E felony which is punishable by up to four years in prison or one year in jail. Carpenter is also charged with misdemeanor resisting or interfering with arrest. He was released from jail after posting bond.
Drexel Mayor Terry Mayfield said Friday he was unable to comment on Carpenter’s arrest but said the police chief was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday.
The Star reports the girlfriend, in a probable cause statement, said she and Carpenter had been drinking alcohol in the garage and had gotten into an argument.
She told a deputy Carpenter had left the garage and was going to go to bed before the incident happened with her son.