Officers arrested a Gillette man after he allegedly brandished a gun on a local business owner during a confrontation Tuesday afternoon.
Jason Curry was arrested for aggravated assault after witnesses reportedly saw him point a weapon at AV Tech owner, Michael Kelly, at his store on S. Douglas Highway just after 1 p.m. July 28.
According to the affidavit filed with the Clerk of Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Court, Kelly had been reportedly tending to a customer, when Curry entered the business and verbally confronted Kelly concerning an unsettled bill.
Witnesses stated that Curry came into the store at “110%” and yelled, “Where’s my f***ing money!” According to court documents, Curry was asked by staff to leave multiple times, but made his way through the shop to confront Kelly. The two argued heatedly, per the affidavit, until Kelly shoved Curry away from him before a customer intervened between the two men. The argument reportedly spilled into the parking lot. As Kelly continued to yell at Curry, Curry retrieved a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol, racked the slide and pointed it at Kelly’s face.
In the affidavit, Kelly’s wife, Lacey, explained that Curry had repaired the garage door at AV Tech as well as a garage door at the couple’s home. She was under the impression that Curry and AV Tech would “trade” services in place of actual payment. Lacey suspected that Curry had “backpedaled” and changed his mind, and now wanted financial payment.
After a brief standoff, the parties separated, and Curry left, according to the affidavit.
Officers later contacted him Curry at home, where he corroborated the verbal argument in the store and shop. He allegedly told police he’d drawn his pistol in self-defense, after Kelly had reportedly physically assaulted him and was quickly moving toward him in the parking lot, per the affidavit.
Curry was arraigned on Wednesday and released on a bond of $5,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10.
Aggravated assault is a felony that is punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years.