BATTLEMENT MESA, Colorado - A man accused of threatening to kill several people in an apartment here will get his first arraignment before District Judge Denise Lynch on Feb. 7.
William A. Golden, 18, was arrested on Jan. 20 after Garfield County Sheriff's deputies and Parachute police officers converged on an apartment on Battlement Parkway to check on a report of a man pointing a gun at people.
Golden is facing three counts of menacing with a gun, all felonies, as well as several misdemeanor charges and child abuse by negligence, because a 14-year old boy was present in the apartment during the incident.
Law enforcement officers arrived shortly after 1 a.m., according to an affidavit by Deputy Brandon Locklear, and heard Golden yelling at others in the apartment, "I was not going to f - -- shoot anyone, I was just joking."
Confronted by police, Golden allegedly grew upset and argumentative, prompting police to arrest him, handcuff him, and put him in a patrol car outside while the officers interviewed the others in the apartment.
According to the affidavit, the resident of the apartment, Corie Sherman, said she and Golden were "hanging out" with a couple of friends, and that Sherman was demonstrating how quickly she could disassemble and reassemble her unloaded, semi-automatic pistol.
She said Golden insisted angrily he could do it quicker and, at one point, took the gun from her, pointed it at her chest and pulled the trigger on the empty chamber.
Another witness in the apartment, Stephanie Patterson, said Golden apparently pretended to load the gun, then pointed it at Patterson and pulled the trigger as he said, "bang."
A man in a neighboring apartment, William Wickstrom, came into Sherman's apartment and restrained Golden, after hearing Golden yell that he was going to kill the others in Sherman's place, according to the affidavit.
Locklear reported that Golden, while being driven to the Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs, kicked out the rear passenger window of Locklear's patrol car, and had to be transferred to another vehicle for the rest of the trip.
Golden remain in the jail on Friday in lieu of payment of a $7,500 bond.