Man arrested for pulling gun on deputy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 7, 2004

An Apex, N.C., man was arrested Friday after he allegedly pulled a gun on a Lawrence County Sheriff's deputy.

Paul D. Brown, 27, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon while intoxicated, obstructing justice, attempted felonious assault and obstructing official business. He was being held in the Lawrence County Jail Saturday.

According to a sheriff's office report, deputy Wesley Collins was investigating a car parked after hours at the Burlington Common Park when the incident occurred. Collins stated in the report that he checked the license plates on the car and determined the tags on the Ford Escort left at the park belonged on another car. When he began foot patrol to locate the driver of the car,

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allegedly jumped from behind a tree and began walking quickly away from Collins, refusing to stop when ordered to do so several times. When Brown was detained, he allegedly had an open container of alcohol in one hand and his other hand in his pocket, which he allegedly failed to remove from his pocket when ordered to do so.

During the incident, Brown allegedly tried to push Collins to the ground, missed and then tried to flee on foot. When Collins apprehended him, Brown allegedly

pulled a Rossi .38 caliber revolver, but the gun got caught on his pocket as Brown tried to pull it out of his pants.

According to the report, Brown was taken into custody at that time, but gave a fictitious name to Collins and deputy Steve Cartmel when ask to identify himself.

A fingerprint evaluation revealed not only his true name but also drug convictions in West Virginia and North Carolina.