Man points gun at woman, accuses her of playing rap music

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The following is a press release from the Prescott Valley Police Department:

On 02-24-09 at approximately 1921 hours the Prescott Valley Police responded to a call of a male pointing a gun at a female victim at the Spirit Station at Robert and Spouse in The Town of Prescott Valley.

When Officers arrived they observed that citizens were physically restraining a male subject on the ground. After resisting Officers attempts to handcuff the subject, he was taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as 44 year old Russell Allen McGie of Prescott Valley.

Officers on scene learned from witnesses that McGie confronted a female sitting in her vehicle about possibly playing rap music. He was observed by witnesses to be holding a plastic cup with beer in one hand and that he had a handgun on his hip, in a holster. The female victim told him that she was not and it was another vehicle.

He again accused her of playing rap music and pulled the gun from his belt and pointed the weapon at her. She got out of her vehicle and ran inside the store and told the clerks. They then called 911.

Witnesses further described that McGie loaded a magazine into the gun and chambered a round. He then reportedly pointed the gun at another male, who was coming to the store. By now, McGie was reported by witnesses to be on the ground with the weapon.

A male witness/victim on scene, was able to kick the gun from McGie's hand and with the assistance of another onlooker, held McGie on the ground until Police Officers arrived.

McGie was combative and verbally abusive with officers even after he was handcuffed.

Officers on scene seized numerous items of evidence including a .45 cal. Semi automatic handgun and .45 cal. Ammunition.

Officers conducted additional interviews at McGie's residence. They learned that McGie had been drinking that day and was possibly intoxicated. He left the residence carrying, what was reported to be a rum and coke, to go to Spirit Gas for some chewing tobacco. He left with the handgun in a holster on his hip.

A friend attempted to keep McGie from leaving the residence, but was unsuccessful. She attempted to get him to stay and sleep it off.

Officers located a 12 guage shotgun and a machete style knife at the residence. Due to safety concerns and the location he was storing the weapons, they were seized for safekeeping.

McGie was booked at the Yavapai County Jail for 4 counts of aggravated assault, 8 counts of endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon. All of the charges listed were felonies.

In this case all parties involved were very fortunate not to be injured.

During this incident the citizens who subdued McGie, took his weapon away from him. When officers arrived they turned the weapon over to police.

It is important for the public to know that when Police arrive on the scene of a crime in progress it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the suspect and victim. When Officers arrive it is very important to immediately obey their commands to help ensure your safety and the safety of everyone involved. This is especially critical when incident involves weapons of any type.