Kingsport woman allegedly points gun at children, threatens to shoot

Rain Smith • Jun 14, 2013 at 7:47 AM

KINGSPORT — Children chasing a loose dog on a Kingsport street Monday night encountered a surly neighbor who reportedly exited her home and pointed a firearm while threatening to shoot.

"I've got a gun and I'm not afraid to use it on you or your dogs," she allegedly told the victims. When questioned about the incident by officers, according to court records, she complained that the juveniles and animal "run loose" all the time.Cecilia Janice Durham, 68, of 2700 Linden Road, is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment. She was booked into the Kingsport city jail and then transported to the Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville. According to an affidavit filed in Kingsport court, the incident occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Linden Road on a report of a woman pointing a gun at juveniles.The children told police that they were in the street chasing a dog that had gotten loose when Durham yelled from her window that she wasn't afraid to use her gun.The juveniles said they then chased the pet through Durham's yard and onto a neighboring property, spurring Durham to come onto her porch with a silver handgun in hand. "Y'all better run home with y'all's dogs," Durham allegedly stated while pointing the gun the children's direction.Records state that Durham admitted to bringing the gun outside — adding that the juveniles and dog "run loose on the streets all the time." Police received consent to retrieve the weapon, a .22-caliber revolver, from a bookshelf in Durham's home. When located by officers, it reportedly was loaded with six live rounds. Durham has a court date set for Aug. 13. She was released from the Sullivan County jail after posting $3,000 bond.

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