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Blotter: Man points gun at neighbor, thinking he is a burglar

A 29-year-old man was hit in the head with a walking stick on Wednesday after pulling a gun on his neighbor, who he initially thought was someone stealing from his neighbor's house, according to a police report.

The man told police he's had trouble with people stealing things outside his home in the 1300 block of Myrtle Street, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. When he saw several people outside his neighbor's house about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, he confronted them with a pistol, the police report said. Two of the men were his neighbor and the neighbor's son.

"He tells them that he's going to shoot them if they move," Kizer said.

Kizer said the man did not immediately drop the gun before the neighbor and his son verbally identified themselves. The neighbor's son eventually hit the man over the head with a wooden walking stick, causing the man to drop the pistol, the report said.

The 29-year-old called police when he returned home, and he refused to be taken to the hospital, the report said. Police placed the man's pistol into evidence. No arrests were made.

Other reports

500 block of South Loop 288 — A warrant was issued on Wednesday afternoon for a suspect who reportedly assaulted a Child Protective Services employee at the agency's local office, according to a police report.  

Before police responded to the assault report about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect attempted suicide, the report said.

The employee later was taken to a local hospital, but no arrests were made, the report said. The report did not provide further information.

Aubrey — A veteran Dallas police officer turned himself in to the Denton County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday on charges of stalking and burglary of habitation for an incident in Aubrey last year, Dallas police announced. 

Gregory Epley Jr. is accused of stealing his estranged wife's marriage license, three birth certificates and four Social Security cards from her home in Aubrey in October, according to an NBC5 report. 

The department announced he is on administrative leave pending an administrative investigation by its Internal Affairs Division.

900 block of Londonderry Lane — A woman's vehicle reportedly was stolen between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday from an apartment complex on Londonderry Lane. Police said there was no evidence at the scene, and no arrests were made. The report did not include a description of the vehicle.


From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:

Denton County Sheriff's Office dispatchers handled 1023 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve, and 46 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton firefighters responded to 26 medical calls, five vehicle crashes and two false alarms.

Denton police posted 19 reports online.