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ONAWA, Iowa | A Blencoe, Iowa, man has been found guilty of threatening to shoot family members and pointing a rifle at a police officer.

District Judge Jeffrey Poulson on Wednesday filed a verdict in which he found John Gibson Jr., 39, guilty of single counts of felon in possession of a firearm, assault on a peace officer and two counts each of child endangerment and assault while participating in a felony. Poulson found Gibson not guilty of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 12.

Gibson had waived his right to a jury trial, and Poulson heard his case Dec. 19-20 in Monona County District Court.

According to Poulson's verdict, facts presented at trial showed that after an argument in their Blencoe home on June 20, 2016, Gibson retrieved a .22-caliber rifle, loaded it and threatened to kill members of his family.

He then aimed the weapon at Blencoe Police Chief Russell Collison, who had responded to a 911 call at the home. After Collison and a Monona County Sheriff's deputy talked Gibson into putting the gun down, they took him into custody.


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