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Seal Rock man charged with menacing using a powerful handgun

Brian Lighthill, 19, Seal Rock
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Sunday evening Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the Nye Beach Turnaround on a report of a man pointing a firearm at another. The caller stated that, during an argument with Brian Lighthill, 19, of Seal Rock, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims.

One of the victims and Lighthill had been engaged in a heated, verbal exchange that turned physical. As the victim got into a vehicle to leave, Lighthill retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim; a second victim was inside the vehicle. Both victims were in fear of their lives, and felt Lighthill was going to shoot them. Lighthill made menacing comments to the victims inside the vehicle. He tapped the barrel of the firearm on the windshield as he pointed it at the victims.

The victims managed to leave the area and call police. Lighthill fled the area in his vehicle. He was stopped by Newport Police Officers about three blocks away. Officers found a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in Lighthill’s center console. It was determined at the scene that Lighthill had consumed alcohol, and was driving impaired.

Lighthill was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath analysis, which he did not pass.

Lighthill was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: DUII; two counts of Menacing; two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; and Minor in Possession Alcohol. His bail was set at $75,000.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

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