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February 4, 2014

Man charged with pointing gun

A Dalton man accused of pointing a gun at two men near the Dalton Community Center, and whom the alleged victims say followed them in an SUV, remained in the Whitfield County jail without bond Tuesday evening.

Andrew Daniel Moreland, 19, 600 Luckie St., Dalton, was charged Monday by the Dalton Police Department with aggravated assault with a gun, pointing a firearm at another, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony and possession of drug-related objects.

According to a police incident report, the alleged victims and another witness said Moreland had pointed a loaded revolver at the men while sitting in an SUV he was driving. Moreland and the alleged victims each told police the other was “mean muggin’” them, giving them looks like they wanted something.

At one point, according to interviews documented in the report, one of the alleged victims “told the driver to get out of the car if he wanted to fight him,” at which point Moreland said, “I don’t fight with hands,” and pointed a gun at the man and his brother. The man then told Moreland if he wanted to fight like that to follow him to his house where he had his own gun. He later told police he said that to Moreland because he was afraid and didn’t know what else to do.

Moreland admitted following the men, who were on foot, according to the report, but he denied pointing the gun at them, saying he had only placed it on his lap.

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