Hallsville man arrested after shooting at children, dog

Monday, December 9, 2013 | 9:35 a.m. CST; updated 5:11 p.m. CST, Monday, December 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Hallsville man was arrested after allegedly shooting a rifle at a loose dog and two children on Sunday afternoon.

According to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release, two children were trying to catch their dog, which had gotten off its leash on the 11300 block of Hecht Road around 4 p.m. Sunday.

While the kids were chasing the dog, Brian Gravatt, 39, of Hallsville shot his rifle at them and the dog. When the children's mother confronted Gravatt, he also pointed the rifle at her.

No one was injured in the encounter.

When Sheriff's Department deputies arrived, they discovered that the rifle was stolen property and that Gravatt had previously been convicted of a felony, which makes it illegal for him to have a gun.

Gravatt was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, illegally possessing a firearm and receiving stolen property.

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