Altus Police arrested a man early Sunday morning, Aug. 24, at around 2:30 a.m. after he pointed a shotgun at a cab driver and two occupants in the cab.
All three told police that the suspect, Jeffery Taft, 52, of Peacock Circle in Altus, argued with another subject in the cab after arriving on the street.
According to Police Chief Tim Murphy, the suspect exited the cab and removed a shotgun from his personal vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. “The suspect pointed the shotgun in the direction of the cab, which was occupied by the cab driver and the other two occupants,” said Murphy. “Upon making contact with Taft outside of his residence, officers described the suspect as very unsteady on his feet with a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and slurred speech.”
Recovered from the suspect’s residence was a 20 gauge shotgun that police believe was the weapon used. Taft was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail on charges of possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and felonious pointing of a firearm.