Man, 69, accused of pointing gun at Phoenix police officer

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PHOENIX – Police arrested a man after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at a Phoenix police officer Tuesday morning.

Robert T. McDonald, 69, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and faces an aggravated assault charge.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said an officer in plain clothes was assisting with surveillance near Missouri and 15th avenues when he stopped his vehicle with his turn signal on to make a left-hand U-turn.

Thompson said McDonald approached from the opposite direction and stuck his arm out his car window while holding a handgun. He pointed the gun in the air then aimed it at the officer. The officer ducked down and McDonald drove away then turned northbound on 15th Avenue.

The officer radioed for backup as he followed McDonald's Chevrolet Corvette.

A few blocks down the road, McDonald stopped his car and stuck the gun out of the window again, pointing it in the air. No shots were fired.

Other officers arrived and took McDonald into custody without incident. Thompson said a fully loaded handgun was found in his car.

Thompson said McDonald didn't realize he was pointing the gun at a police officer.

"He had no clue that he was an officer so it could have been anyone in the community," Thompson said.

Police do not know what prompted McDonald to point the gun, but Thompson said he moved to Arizona several months ago.

"He made some comment that everybody in Arizona were perhaps not the best drivers in the world," Thompson said.