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

Officers report finding sawed-off shotgun in residence

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 hearing.

Bonnie Huling, 54, also faces charges of criminal use of an article.

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

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

During Monday's Columbus Recorder's Court hearing, officers said they believed the window was shattered by a gunshot and 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 shotgun 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. He said 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.

Huling told the court Monday that he did not understand the charges against him. He 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 set at $15,300.

Judge Michael Cielinski forwarded the case to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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