By Dan Colton
for The Beacon
Police arrested a Sheboygan man after he allegedly pointed an assault rifle at others inside his home and threatened to kill a dog.
According to police, Christopher Meador, 36, was drunk and smoked marijuana Dec. 14 amid an argument with a woman and minor he lived with. During the argument, he produced a loaded AR-15, aimed it at the woman and threatened to shoot her dog, police said.
Police said Meador had been drinking since the previous day and went with the woman to Plymouth bars. Court records show the two returned to Sheboygan after about an hour and began arguing on the commute back.
“Meador drove … back to Sheboygan from Plymouth at a very high rate of speed, such that he was pulled over by an officer of the Kohler Police Department,” a criminal complaint said.
When they returned home, police said the argument continued and caused the minor to wake and ask for quiet.
Police allege Meador kicked in the minor’s closed bedroom door and was warned that police would be summoned if he didn’t stop yelling at the minor.
“Meador stated something to the effect of, ‘Go ahead, call the police, I want to see a party,” court records indicate. “Meador then went into their bedroom, where he took out the AR-15 weapon … (and) retrieved ammunition from the bedroom and began placing some of it in his pockets.”
He then threatened to kill the woman’s dog, according to police, and he pushed her backwards by the neck.
When police arrived, they say Meador was standing near a front window with the AR-15 in his hands pointed down. Officers said they saw an ammunition cartridge loaded into the gun.
“(Meador) pulled the female into the dining room and began to raise the rifle towards (her),” the criminal complaint said. “The male pointed the rifle directly at the female before lowering it towards the ground.”
As police approached the house and looked through the window, court records say Meador exited the front door unarmed and faced police on the porch. As police took him into custody, they noted the smell of intoxicants on his breath.
He wouldn’t go easily, police said.
“Meador was not cooperative in the walk back to the squad car and did not want officers touching him or escorting him,” the criminal complaint said.
He attempted to “pull away” and head-butt officers once he was inside the squad car, police said. Due to Meador’s size advantage, police said it took several officers to restrain him and latch the seatbelt.
Meador is charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, battery, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.
If found guilty of all charges, Meador faces up to 15 years imprisonment and $56,000 in fines.
The charges of recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and battery all carry domestic abuse modifiers, and their associated penalties may be increased as a result.
Meador remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.