Man claims he panicked when he pulled gun

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldDecember 27, 2013 

A 25-year-old man claims he was panicking when he pulled a gun on a woman and demanded she tell him the location of his girlfriend.

Gene Dennis Peterson, 25, was sentenced to one month in jail after previously pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine.

Peterson told Pasco police that he was walking from Walmart to a nearby fast-food restaurant at 10:30 p.m. May 25 and was looking for his girlfriend.

He was outside of McDonald's when the victim, Brianna Noonan of Oregon, came around the corner and Peterson admits he "lost it" and pulled out his gun, according to court documents.

"I yelled, 'Where is my girlfriend? Where is my girlfriend?' " Peterson later told police.

Peterson said he was holding his gun with both hands. The victim became very scared for her life, and repeatedly told Peterson she didn't know the whereabouts of his girlfriend but would help him find her, documents said.

Noonan then crossed Road 68 to a gas station and convenience store to call 911.

Officer Richard Leininger found Peterson near a convenience store, arrested him and found the gun with a laser glued onto the side in a nearby trash can.

Peterson also had a glass pipe on him that reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

After Peterson was taken to jail, he told Leininger, "I was panicking because I have had bad experiences with being jacked in the past and I don't trust people."

"I didn't know what I was doing," said Peterson, whose history includes a conviction for threats in Minnesota.

When Peterson is done with his jail term, he will be on community supervision for one year.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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