Man charged with pointing a pistol, terroristic threats at American Legion

A Columbus man was arrested on charges of pointing a pistol and making terroristic threats while at the American Legion early Saturday, reports state.

Officers responded to the American Legion, 4027 Cusseta Road, around 1:10 a.m. about someone with a weapon. When they arrived, they spoke with two men working security who had already taken the gun from the suspect, identified by police as James Lawrence Jr., 38.

According to reports, the suspect, who is in a wheelchair, was inside the building with his wheelchair in the middle of a walk way. When asked to move, he refused multiple times before he was moved outside of the club.

The suspect began yelling, leading another man to go outside and tell the suspect that he’d pay for a taxi for him. As the two security workers waited for the cab, the suspect approached two other men by a Ford Expedition and asked for a cigarette. When the men told him they didn’t have, the suspect pulled a gun, pointed it at the men and said he’d kill them, police said.

The suspect then put the gun in his pocket. A woman told security what had happened, and they ran to the suspect and took the Taurus model gun from him, reports state.

Officers spoke with the suspect, who became uncooperative. As the suspect was loaded onto an ambulance, he told three officers that they would one day get shot, police report.

After reaching The Medical Center, the suspect was taken to the Muscogee County Jail, reports state.

Lawrence faces two counts of pointing a pistol, two counts of terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said. He is being held under no bond, jail officials said.