Man’s shotgun convinces boy to stop throwing snowballs

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A Columbus man was arrested after police said he used a shotgun to intimidate a boy who was throwing snowballs toward the car of the man’s girlfriend.

Michael W. Todd, 56, faces a preliminary charge of intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class D felony, said Columbus Police. The 14-year-old boy told police that his neighbor came out of his house with a shotgun slung his shoulder. The incident took place Sunday in the area of 14th and Chestnut streets.

The teen ran into his own home to explain the incident to a parent, who immediately called police.

Todd admitted that he approached the teen with a shotgun over his shoulder in an effort to scare the boy. However, he said the weapon was not loaded and denied he verbally threatened the teen.

An adult witness’s description of the incident corroborated the teen’s version of events, according to the police report.

Police found and confiscated a .410-gauge shotgun in Todd’s home along with a number of shells. If convicted of the felony charge, Todd could be sentenced from six months to three years in prison and faces fines of up to $10,000.

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