Gun allegedly pulled during dispute about grass blown onto vehicle

Jeff Bobo • Oct 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill man was arrested last week after allegedly pulling a handgun on a landscaper during a dispute about grass being blown onto a vehicle.

On this occasion, however, it was the landscaper’s vehicle that was reportedly being sprayed with grass from the defendant’s mower.

Landscaper Brian Wallace told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office he was mowing a customer’s lawn on West Main Boulevard in Church Hill last Wednesday afternoon when he observed a man close to his vehicle blowing grass on it.

That man, later identified as Brian Keith Ash, 52, 207 W. Main Blvd., Church Hill, apparently had problems with Wallace allegedly blowing grass onto his vehicle in the past.

“Wallace stated he went over to the man (Ash) and asked him what he was doing,” HCSO Deputy Wesley Seals stated in his report. “Wallace stated (Ash) pulled a gun from his holster and pointed it at him, and told him he was going to kill him. Wallace stated he told (Ash) he was calling 911 and (Ash) ran inside his residence.”

Ash later allegedly told Seals that Wallace had blown grass on his vehicle in the past, “so he decided to do the same to his.”

Ash allegedly admitted that he pulled a gun on Wallace, but stated the gun wasn’t loaded.

He was charged with aggravated assault and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $2,500.

Ash is scheduled for arraignment in Sessions Court on Oct. 16.

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