Man threatened to shoot police if they didn’t return his phone

Posted 3/26/22

Wright City police last week arrested a man who allegedly threatened to shoot officers with a shotgun.

Preston Q. Howard, 53, of Wright City, is now in jail for the criminal charge of making a …

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Man threatened to shoot police if they didn’t return his phone

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Wright City police last week arrested a man who allegedly threatened to shoot officers with a shotgun.

Preston Q. Howard, 53, of Wright City, is now in jail for the criminal charge of making a terrorist threat, according to court records. Howard was taken into custody March 16 after a series of phone calls in which he allegedly threatened to kill police officers and attack the Wright City police station if officers did not return a cell phone he said they had taken.

A report submitted to the Warren County Circuit Court details a number of violent threats that Howard allegedly made, beginning with a 2 a.m. call to the Warren County 911 Dispatch Center.

Howard reportedly told a dispatcher that he wanted a police officer to contact him regarding the return of his phone, and that he would otherwise arm himself with a shotgun.

An officer then called Howard directly, at which time he reportedly launched into a number of threats indicating that he would shoot or kill any officers that came to his home. Officers quote Howard as saying “The next time you send a cop out here, I’m gonna f****** blow his f****** head off,” and half a dozen other similar statements.

Police reported that Howard then called the 911 dispatch center four more times in the next couple hours, threatening that he would take his shotgun to the police department and shoot everyone there if he didn’t immediately get his phone back.

What happened instead is that officers traveled to Howard’s home on Bridle Spur Court and arrested him. There was no further incident and no officers were injured, said Police Chief Tom Canavan.

Howard is now being held at the Warren County Jail without bond. He does not yet have an attorney listed, but court records indicate he will seek representation from the Missouri Public Defender’s Office.


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