Man allegedly aimed pellet gun at Kingston officer


KINGSTON — An intoxicated man aimed a pellet gun at a police officer investigating a domestic dispute at a residence on Rutter Avenue on Thursday night, authorities say.

Thomas Simpson, 42, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail after his arraignment before District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township on Friday.

Police charged Simpson with a single count of aggravated assault.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police responded to a Kingston residence just after 10 p.m. due to a hang-up call to Luzerne County 911.

A woman who answered the door was asked by an officer if she misdialed. She said she, in fact, needed police and escorted an officer to a living room. She then pointed to Simpson who was on a couch, saying: “This drunk.”

Simpson aimed a gun — which police later determined to be a pellet gun — at the officer. In return, the officer displayed his weapon.

Simpson acknowledged: “Don’t worry about that, that’s a fake gun.”

When he was transported to police headquarters, Simpson struggled and punched an officer.