A Tahlequah man was arrested Monday night after allegedly brandishing a firearm in the Walmart parking lot during an argument over parking.
Kenneth Newman, 63, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of brandishing a weapon, impersonating a police officer, possession of a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm after being previously convicted of a felony.
Police said they were called to a handicapped parking area in the Walmart lot after Newman, who was in a motorized scooter, confronted two people and showed them a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol.
The victims told police Newman didn’t point the gun at them, but was verbally abusive to them. When officers found Newman inside Walmart, he reportedly became belligerent with them, and at some point showed them his gun.
Officers said Newman cursed at them and talked about a need for other people to “learn the laws.”
Newman was also carrying ammunition, including a loaded magazine; a can of pepper spray; and a badge inscribed with the words “retired law enforcement officer,” according to police.
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