April 24, 2014

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Man arrested for threatening paintball players with handgun

GRAFTON TWP. — A Grafton Township man was arrested after sheriff’s deputies say he fired a gun to threaten some people next door who were about to play paintball.

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Robert Gullett, 62, is charged with aggravated menacing.

According to a report from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Antonio Fernandez, 20, of Lorain, told deputies he was getting ready to play paintball in the backyard of a home on state Route 303 about 6:20 last night.

He said Gullett came out of his house and confronted him and his friends, telling them to stay off his property. Fernandez told deputies he explained to Gullett that they had no intention of going on his property.

At that point, Gullett fired a handgun into the ground, saying “this ain’t no paintball gun.”

Fernandez told deputies he felt threatened, and he and two friends filled out witness statements.

When deputies went to Gullett’s house, he told them he did have a gun on him because he had been target shooting. He acknowledge firing the gun into the ground to scare the individuals off his property.

Deputies found the loaded Ruger .357 Magnum sitting on a stairway in Gullett’s house and took it as evidence, the report said.