Man charged with pointing gun at police officer

2014-07-28T17:43:00Z 2014-07-28T23:47:42Z Man charged with pointing gun at police officerBy EDDIE GREGG The Billings Gazette

A man made an initial court appearance Monday on charges that he had methamphetamine and pointed a BB gun that looked like a replica of a pistol at a police officer Sunday morning.

Bryon James Hemming, 28, faces felony charges of assault with a weapon and drug possession and a misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia possession.

Police arrested him Sunday morning.

Charging documents say a Billings police officer was on patrol Sunday morning when at about 7:30 a.m. he saw two people at the center of North Park.

He reported going to investigate after seeing open alcohol containers and trash near the two.

One of the two, later identified as Hemming, started to quickly walk away and then started running, while holding a large silver pistol, court records say.

The officer yelled for Hemming to stop, but the man continued running.

The officer used his patrol car to cut off Hemming and radioed for backup. As the officer approached, Hemming turned and pointed the pistol at him, charging documents state.

Hemming eventually dropped the gun, but continued running, records say. Police chased him on foot, and he turned and took a combative stance toward the officers.

He was taken to the ground, but continued to resist arrest even after being shocked her with a Taser, according to prosecutors.

Hemming was arrested and taken to the jail. An officer noted that Hemming appeared to be high.

Another officer reported finding a smashed glass pipe in Hemming’s pocket. He claimed the glass was from a bottle of cologne. The broken glass tested positive for methamphetamine, charging documents say.

The pistol was retrieved and appeared to be an exact replica of a stainless steal Beretta 92 pistol, court records say.

Judge David A. Carter set bond at $8,000 and ordered Hemming to appear for arraignment in District Court on Aug. 5.

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