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Argument starts with bike-riding lessons, ends with a neighbor pulling a shotgun

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for a child. It usually doesn’t involve shotguns.

It did last week in Rosemount, though, and that has landed 61-year-old Gary Eugene Drake in trouble with the law.

According to a complaint filed May 29 in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Drake became upset May 25 while watching a neighbor teach his 7-year-old daughter to ride her bike. Drake later told police he didn’t like the way the man was treating his daughter.

The father told police he heard Drake yell something at him but wasn’t sure what it was. When he shrugged off the comments, Drake allegedly yelled, “If you don’t like my advice, get off the street.”

The argument continued, and Drake eventually walked into his house and came back out with a shotgun, which he allegedly pointed at the father while yelling, “I’m going to kill ya.”

Drake’s wife quickly got him back into the house.

In a statement to police, Drake admitted pointing a shotgun at his neighbor. He said he had been drinking that day, but when asked if his drinking had led to his “poor decision-making,” he said, “Absolutely not.”

Police arrested Drake after taking his statement. According to the complaint, when told what he was being charged with, Drake told police, “Maybe next time I should have shot him.”

This is the second time in two months a Rosemount man has been charged with pointing a gun at someone for what appeared to be a minor matter. In April, the Dakota County Attorney’s office charged 60-year-old Peter Kvam with felony assault and terroristic threats after he allegedly pointed a gun at a neighbor in his apartment complex after getting upset about a game of cribbage.

If convicted on a charge of felony second degree assault, Drake could spend up to seven years in jail and face fines of up to $14,000. A charge of making terroristic threats has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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