Payson Police officers arrested a Payson man early Saturday morning after he wielded a shotgun in frustration over speeding vehicles in front of his residence.
Mark Medlock, 47, was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an encounter with a motorist in the 300 block of East Wade.
The motorist, a 21-year-old man, along with his 18-year-old passenger reported to police they were driving on Wade shortly after midnight when they saw a man wearing dark clothing carrying a flashlight. As they passed Medlock, he yelled for them to roll down their window and to stop.
The driver told police he stopped and Medlock approached his car from the rear and shined the flashlight in his eyes. When Medlock approached the passenger-side window, both people in the car said they saw him in possession of some type of rifle that was allegedly pointed at the rear of the truck.
Medlock allegedly confronted the driver accusing him of speeding before he realized it was not the vehicle he was looking for. Medlock additionally identified himself as being with the Gila County Sheriff's Office.
Following a verbal exchange, the motorist left the area and contacted police.
Officers later contacted Medlock at his home. According to a police report, he told officers he has been upset over the number of speeding vehicles in his neighborhood. In the report, Medlock admitted to officers that he had made contact with a driver on his street and had mistaken the vehicle for one he had seen earlier. He also admitted to officers that he was carrying a shotgun, and had identified himself as a Gila County Sheriff's Posse member.
The police report alleges that Medlock told officers he had pointed the shotgun at the vehicle as he approached. However, in a telephone interview today, Medlock told the Roundup that he never pointed the shotgun at the vehicle, instead it was the flashlight and the officers must have misunderstood him.
Medlock also told the Roundup that he was carrying the gun, as there had been a problem with prowlers in his back yard two days prior and he also did not know if the driver of the vehicle had a weapon or not.
"I didn't know if the guy had a gun in the seat of his car," Medlock said. "I was concerned about that. There was also three people in front of my house earlier making noise."
Medlock stated he had told the officers and the driver of the vehicle he was a member of the Gila County Sheriff's Posse and displayed his badge. However, GCSO Lt. Adam Shepherd told the Roundup that Medlock has not been a member of the organization since 1994 and that his badge was never turned in.
The Payson Police report notes that prior to the driver and passenger of the vehicle contacting police, Medlock called dispatchers and reported the incident he had just had in the street and requested to talk to an officer regarding speeding vehicles in the neighborhood.
"If I had not called the police department, they would not have known it was me," Medlock said. "I put myself in hot water."