‘I Will F-ing Shoot You’

An Idaho sheriff is facing felony charges for allegedly defacing a group of church youths, drawing a gun at their leader and threatening to shoot.

Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland has been charged by the Idaho attorney general in connection with a November 9 incident that began when a group of young Latter-day Saints sent a thank you note in the shape of a chicken west to people in their churches, reports.

A group of seven girls between the ages of 12 and 16, along with their adult chaperone, are handing out “grateful turkeys” in the Blackfoot City neighborhood of Rowland. The activity included pinning a “turkey” note to the door, then ringing the occupants’ doorbell and running away, letting them find the message.

When the girls stopped at Rowland’s house, he is said to have told his wife to get him a gun because he feared a possible home invasion.

Even after finding the note on his door, Rowland is said to have assumed something nefarious was approaching and was chasing a vehicle he saw taking off on the street.

Rowland was quoted as telling investigators: “I reached in and pulled the driver out. “I said, ‘What the hell are you?’ And I have a gun in my hand, but I still have my finger on the slide. “

The woman on the other end of Rowland’s gun is believed to be a longtime family friend who is overseeing the youth group’s holiday activity, but he says he doesn’t recognize her , according to the report. He is said to have admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages that night but said he was not drunk, and he eventually let the group leave.

Members of the youth group offered a slightly different version of events, allegedly telling investigators Rowland raised the gun just inches from their adult chaperone’s head before saying, “I will shoot me dead.”

“It was a very difficult experience for our children, especially the embarrassment caused whenever the behavior of trusted adults seemed harmful and unpredictable,” said the parent. of one of the children told East Idaho News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Rowland, who is due to appear in court for the first time on December 22, remains the sheriff but has taken leave to await trial. He faces charges of aggravated battery felony, aggravated assault felony and display of firearms.

When first questioned about the incident, Rowland admitted to Blackfoot police that he was “really baffled,” but blamed his behavior on threats he said he he and his wife got to make him competitive — and Native American.

Rowland told investigators: “I’ve been in this job for 36 years. “I was once driven down my tunnel by drunk Indians. I’ve had drunk Indians on my doorstep. I just live off the reservation, around us there are a lot of people who make a reservation who are not good people.” ‘I Will F-ing Shoot You’


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