Republican city official teased ‘liberal’ co-worker by waving and cocking shotgun and asking if she’s scared, then called it a ‘joke’

“A city official in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, pumped his shotgun repeatedly in the office to tease a liberal co-worker, according to court documents.

“Denis Kearbey, the city’s streets superintendent, … told Missouri state troopers he only meant it as a joke, authorities say. He is now facing a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

“A city clerk told investigators that Kearbey brought a short-barrel, pump shotgun to the office on September 12 and began waving it around. ‘Mr. Kearbey pumped the shotgun multiple times and asked [the clerk] if she was scared,’ troopers wrote in a probable cause statement.”

Damn right she was scared, and that makes his “joke” a felony assault. But his attorney is blowing the whole thing off. ‘Hell, it’s Poplar Bluff, people have guns all the time,’ attorney Daniel Moore tells the Riverfront Times. ‘Jacking a pump shotgun is not equal to displaying it in a threatening manner.’ … He expects Kearbey will eventually be acquitted at trial.”

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