Newport: Gun-waving man at 101 and 20 wanted to find out how far he could get with his “toys.” It got him all the way to jail.
A man waving what appeared to be an assault rifle in the air Wednesday evening at the corner of Highways 20 and 101, and then pointing it at oncoming traffic, later told deputies he was just walking with his “toys” to see how far he could get.
Keir Skinner 19, of Newport, found out that they would get him a block to the west and deep inside the Lincoln County Jail.
A sheriff’s deputy was driving his patrol car out of the courthouse driveway and onto West Olive when he caught a glimpse of a young man waving what appeared to be an assault rifle over his head, then pointing it ahead of him. The deputy then saw the man suddenly start aiming the weapon at oncoming traffic on Olive.
The deputy pulled over, got out and with his own gun drawn and ordered the man to drop the weapon – which he did. The deputy confiscated the rifle and a large knife. After Skinner was detained the deputy examined the firearm and determined it to be a pellet gun made in the configuration of a common assault rifle, an AR-15.
The deputy reported that he asked Skinner why he was waving the gun around and pointing it at traffic he said Skinner replied, “I was just walking with my toys and wanted to see how far I could get.”
That distance turned out to be a very short ride to the Lincoln County Jail, one block to the west, where he was booked for Disorderly Conduct with a bail set at $10,000. No photo was immediately available due to what was described as Skinner’s “less than cooperative posture” toward jail staff.