Columbia man arrested after aiming loaded rifle at family

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 1:19 p.m. CDT; updated 3:47 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 28, 2010
Behrle was arrested on May 27 on suspicion of two counts of third-degree domestic assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

COLUMBIA — A Boone County man placed the call that resulted in his own arrest Thursday night, when the authorities who responded said he had pointed a loaded rifle at his wife and 20-year-old daughter.

No one was injured.

The incident started when Jimmy Lee Behrle, 39, was about to leave his house, 7902 W. Highway 40, with three loaded guns to confront someone he was "having problems with," according to a news release from Boone County Sheriff's Department.

When his wife and daughter tried to stop Behrle from leaving, Behrle got a rifle out of his truck and aimed it at them, said Tom O'Sullivan, a detective with the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Boone County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene and arrested Behrle without incident — after Behrle, who was drunk, called the police, O'Sullivan said.

Behrle was arrested on suspicion of two counts of third-degree domestic assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He was transported to Boone County Jail and bond was set for $11,000.

He was still in custody as of noon Friday.

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