P'dale­man threat­ens to shoot chil­dren

Man drove er­rat­i­cally

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman

A Por­terdale man was ar­rested on Tues­day on mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing cru­elty to chil­dren, af­ter he re­port­edly threat­ened to shoot a group of kids if they came onto his prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, res­i­dents of Ivy Street called for emer­gency as­sis­tance Tues­day evening when neigh­bors re­ported an ar­gu­ment had bro­ken out in the neigh­bor­hood. When the of­fi­cer ar­rived he was told by a group of girls that a white male, later iden­ti­fied as 44-year-old Wal­ter Mur­phy, had been driv­ing er­rat­i­cally and come close to strik­ing a child who was rid­ing a bike.

The girls re­port­edly yelled at the man to slow down and, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, he stopped his ve­hi­cle and backed up in the mid­dle of the road and be­gan curs­ing at them, al­legedly threat­en­ing to shoot them be­tween the eyes. He then re­port­edly be­gan do­ing donuts in the road.

The of­fi­cer re­port­edly as­sured the group of girls – one of which was only 14-year­sold – that he would speak to Mur­phy and that they should wait where they were. The of­fi­cer then headed to the ad­dress sup­plied by the fe­males for Mur­phy.

When the of­fi­cer ar­rived he no­ticed

Mur­phy seated on the porch. Without be­ing prompted, Mur­phy al­legedly stood up and came to­wards the of­fi­cer, re­port­edly say­ing that if the group of kids came on his prop­erty that he would shoot them and that he knew the law and had a right to pro­tect his prop­erty.

Mur­phy was told to calm down by the of­fi­cer, who also re­port­edly at­tempted to ex­plain to him that he could not shoot the group of chil­dren. Mur­phy re­port­edly be­came irate and be­gan yelling and point­ing his fin­ger in the of­fi­cer’s face, telling the of­fi­cer “to hell with you” and say­ing he wanted to speak to his su­per­vi­sor and the of­fi­cer needed to “get the hell off my prop­erty.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the of­fi­cer once again told Mur­phy he needed to calm down and not speak like that but Mur­phy re­fused and con­tin­ued to curse, re­port­edly telling the of­fi­cer he could talk to him any way he wanted. Af­ter once more telling the of­fi­cer where to go, Mur­phy was in­formed that he was un­der ar­rest; at which point, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, he at­tempted to walk back into the res­i­dence.

The of­fi­cer states in the po­lice re­port that he grabbed Mur­phy’s shirt to keep him from head­ing back into the home be­cause he [the of­fi­cer] was aware there were weapons in­side the house. Mur­phy was al­legedly told sev­eral times to put his hands be­hind his back, and on each oc­ca­sion he re­port­edly re­fused to do so, try­ing each time to get away from the of­fi­cer, even push­ing him into a screen door at one point.

Af­ter sev­eral min­utes of tus­sling, the of­fi­cer shot one burst of pep­per spray into Mur­phy’s face, think­ing that would help Mur­phy to com­ply and put his hands be­hind his back. The of­fi­cer was wrong and Mur­phy re­port­edly con­tin­ued to fight the of­fi­cer un­til he heard po­lice sirens com­ing to as­sist. Only then did Mur­phy fi­nally com­ply with the of­fi­cer’s or­ders, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

As Mur­phy was be­ing placed un­der ar­rest, a PPD su­per­vi­sor ar­rived at the scene and lo­cated skid marks on the road where the girls said Mur­phy had been do­ing donuts and driv­ing er­rat­i­cally. Mur­phy’s tires re­port­edly smelled of burnt rub­ber, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Mur­phy was ar­rested and trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where he was charged with dis­or­derly con­duct, ob­struc­tion, bat­tery on a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, cru­elty to chil­dren and ter­ror­is­tic threats.

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