SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa | A Sergeant Bluff police officer fired his weapon Thursday morning after a man allegedly made a move toward a gun in his pants.

While in the driver's seat of a Jeep parked at the Bridge Mobile Home Park, John Charles McPherson, 47, of Sioux City, "made furtive movements with his hands towards his waistline," according to a police report released Friday.

The officer, who was not identified, "perceived the move as a threat to his life and the life of other officers present," according to the report. The officer then fired one shot, which went through the window of the vehicle but did not strike McPherson.

Police removed McPherson from the vehicle, and found a .45 caliber handgun in the waist of his pants. McPherson also had an ounce of methamphetamine in his possession. He was arrested on several charges, including carrying a concealed/dangerous weapon and possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Law enforcement officers had been called to the mobile home park in the 100 block of Eighth Street in Sergeant Bluff to serve an arrest warrant on another defendant.

About half a dozen cars from the Sergeant Bluff Police Department and Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office were on scene. A section around the scene was blocked off with yellow police tape.

McPherson was booked into Woodbury County Jail. His court date regarding the charges has been set for Oct. 31.

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