Police: Man points shotgun at father

A 31-year-old man accused of holding a shotgun to his father’s head Friday evening while drunk faces felony charges and is being held in lieu of a high cash bond after a judge said releasing him on his own signature wasn’t appropriate.

Johnathen William Levins Wright could be charged with two counts of felony menacing, a felony count of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a weapon in connection to the incident, which his father said started over “loud music,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Wright’s father, who lives behind Wright’s home in the 1100 block of Chipeta Avenue, told officers his son came into the backyard “yelling about random topics such as politician Michael Bennet and how (the father) should be living his life,” the affidavit said.

Wright allegedly retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun and pointed it at his father.

“At one point Johnathen put the barrel of the shotgun to (his father’s) head,” the report said.

When police responded, they found the shotgun, which had its safety off, and an empty whiskey bottle on the ground next to it, the affidavit said.

Wright appeared Monday in county court where his attorney asked for a personal-recognizance bond for him. Wright’s father also appeared and told Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson that the situation was a misunderstanding, that Wright has an alcohol problem and that he doesn’t feel threatened by him.

Henderson declined the request, however, and issued Wright a $5,000 cash-only bond.

Wright is due to return to court Dec. 6 before District Judge Richard Gurley.


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