Woman arrested after reports of suspicious activity

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | 2:33 p.m. CDT; updated 5:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — A woman was arrested around 8 p.m. Tuesday after Boone County Sheriff’s Department deputies received reports about a suspicious person.

According to a Sheriff's Department news release, deputies arrested Elizabeth Moffett, 36, after they spoke with two females, ages 14 and 16, who said Moffett had pointed a shotgun at them.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan said a witness reported seeing Moffett sitting on her porch with a shotgun. Deputies on the scene said Moffett was highly intoxicated, O'Sullivan said.

O'Sullivan said one of the girls told a deputy that Moffett came off the porch and was yelling, but she could not understand what Moffett was saying. The girl said Moffett then pointed the gun at her, O'Sullivan said.

Deputies recovered the shotgun and found it loaded with the safety off, O'Sullivan said. 

No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported, according to the release. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Wagon Trail Heights.

Moffett was arrested on two counts of third-degree assault with bond set at $500 each and one count of unlawful use of a weapon with bond set at $4,500, according to the release.

According to Chief Jailer Warren Brewer, Moffett was released from Boone County Jail at 1 a.m. Wednesday after posting bond.

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