2005-10-07 / Community

B.H. Man Threatens Three With Gun: Cops

A Belle Harbor man faces weapons possession, menacing and reckless endangerment charges after he allegedly threatened to kill three men before firing a warning shot into the air outside his home, according to court records.

James O’Brien, 39, allegedly came out of his house at 271 Beach 139 Street at about 3:30 a.m. last Sunday morning and aimed a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol at Keith Klein, Chris Calabrese and Brian Murdoch.

“I am going to shoot you if you come near me,” O’Brien shouted at them, according to court records. He then fired a single shot into the air.

Police responded and placed O’Brien under arrest without incident, a department source said. Officers recovered the bullet casing and handgun, which had 10 rounds in the clip and another in the chamber.

O’Brien is charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and three counts of menacing, and he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Queens Criminal Court Judge Mary O’Donoghue set bail at $25,000. He is due back in court on October 21.

It was unclear what sparked the incident, and O’Brien could not be reached for comment.

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