Bond set for man charged with possession of sawed-off shotgun

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2013 

A man who was arrested Sunday after he was reported for waving a weapon at people passing his 13th Avenue home faced charges of owning a sawed-off shotgun and disorderly while intoxicated during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Bonnie Huling, 54, faced charges of disorderly while intoxicated, criminal use of an article, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and disorderly while intoxicated during Monday's 8 a.m. hearing.

Huling was arrested Sunday at about 2 a.m. after officers arrived at his home at 4815 13th Avenue to investigate complaints of a man waving a weapon at passersby.

Police knocked at the front door, but the screen was locked. Officers then went to the back of the building where they began tapping on the windowsill and announcing their presence when a window nearby them shattered loudly.

During Monday's hearing, officers told the court they believed the window was shattered by gun shot, and so began calling for the occupant of the house to come out. When Huling emerged, officers said he started to put his hands up but first made a motion toward his pocket.

Police noted during the hearing that Huling was noticeably intoxicated and said he had been "drinking all day."

Officers told the court that after Huling was detained and searched, they found two shot gun rounds in his pocket. When they questioned Huling, he told officers that he threw a brick through the window and that he didn't have a weapon inside, since his shotgun was recently stolen.

Later, police found a sawed-off shotgun inside Huling's home. When he was confronted, he again stated that his shotgun had been stolen. However, he said he threw a metal pipe through the window instead of a brick.

No bricks or metal pipes were found inside the residence. Seven more rounds for the sawed-off shotgun were recovered.

Monday morning, Huling told the court that he did not understand the charges against him, said he was being targeted for racial profiling and raised his voice multiple times. He was ordered out of the court for disorderly behavior before his bond was fully set.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Huling's bond at $15,300. His case has been forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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