Friday, 14 February 2020 13:41

Motorist Convicted of Pulling Gun on Pedestrian

Feb. 14, 2020 – A 59-year-old motorist who pointed a gun at a pedestrian and her 2-year-old granddaughter as they were crossing the street near Downtown has been convicted of aggravated assault and other charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court jury this week also found defendant Linda Turner guilty of reckless endangerment and attempted criminal impersonation of a police officer. She remains free on bond and will be sentenced next month by Judge Jennifer Mitchell.
The incident happened on Sept. 16, 2017, when a woman, 48, and her granddaughter were crossing Poplar at Fourth Street. Turner began honking her horn and gesturing toward the woman because she was walking too slowly, and the two then exchanged words.
A witness said Turner then rolled down her window and pointed a loaded handgun at the pedestrian and her granddaughter. When the pedestrian threatened to call police, Turner replied, “I am the police.”
A police officer at nearby 201 Poplar observed the disturbance and placed Turner under arrest.
The trial was handled by Felony Asst. Paige Munn and Asst. Dist. Atty. Katie Farley of the District Attorney’s Vertical Team 6 which prosecutes cases in General Sessions Division 15 and Criminal Court Division 10.