Rogersville man charged for making threats at church

| April 28, 2010

A Rogersville man, David W. Kilroy, 33, faces two felony charges after allegedly interrupting a church service on Sunday morning, April 25, and then waving a shotgun in the parking lot of the church. Kilroy was charged Monday with armed criminal action, an unclassified felony, and making a terrorist threat, a Class C felony.

A probable cause statement on file in the case states that a Rogersville Police Department officer was dispatched to Harvest Community Church around 10:13 a.m. Sunday in reference to a disturbance.

The officer reported that when he arrived on the scene he made contact with Kilroy, who was reportedly ranting about his girlfriend.

When the officer made contact with the girlfriend, she said Kilroy came into the church, then started cursing at her and also grabbed her by the foot and arm while she was seated in a pew. He also allegedly threw the victim to the floor. The girlfriend said Kilroy “started cursing at everyone in the church” before going out to his vehicle and taking a shotgun from the trunk. Kilroy allegedly waved the shotgun around and was shouting at those in the church “to bring it.”

The woman’s statements were backed up by three other witnesses mentioned in the statement, including one who reportedly told Kilroy that those in the church “were calling the cops, and Mr. Kilroy said to go ahead, that he had a gun and would start shooting.”

Another witness said she saw Kilroy take the shotgun out of the trunk and “then started to scream at everyone in the parking lot to bring it while he was waving the shotgun around.” That witness also related that children in the church were crying and trying to run to get away from Kilroy.

The probable cause statement reports there were 25 to 30 people inside the church at the time of the incident.

A warrant was issued for Kilroy on Monday, and his bond set at $150,000, cash or surety, with conditions of not having contact with one of the victims, not entering the premises of Harvest Community Church and not leaving the state.

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