Caruthersville, MO man accused of throwing 'mortar' firework at police vehicle

Caruthersville, MO man accused of assaulting police officer

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A Caruthersville, Missouri man was arrested on Friday, July 6 for allegedly assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon.

Gary Gale, Jr., 21, was arrested for assault on law enforcement officer by means of deadly weapon/dangerous instrument and property damage first degree.

According to court documents, an officer responded the sounds of fireworks exploding in the area of 12th/13th and Vest around 9:03 p.m. on July 6.

The officer parked south of the intersection of 13th and Vest and was trying to find the location of the person shooting off fireworks when someone allegedly threw a mortar round exploding firework from the east toward the patrol vehicle.

According to court documents, the mortar landed by the driver's side door and exploded.

Officers say that firework has the capability to cause serious bodily injury and serious damage to property.

According to court documents, an officer reviewed the video surveillance and was able to give a description of the suspect as a stock male wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants, possibly blue jeans. The same officer then watched the live feed of the cameras at 13th and Vest and saw the same man standing in a yard of a vacant home at the 400 block of East 13th.

The officer told the responding patrolman that the man walked around the northeast side of the vacant home toward the alley. The patrolman found the man at the 400 block of East 13th and got out on foot with him.

The man was identified as Gary Gale, Jr.

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According to court documents, Gale was wearing the same clothes described by the officer who watched the video and had a single lighter in his pocket but no type of "smoking substance."

Police say the possession and/or igniting of fireworks of any kind in Caruthersville city limits is illegal.

Caruthersville police officers took Gale, Jr. to the Pemiscot County Justice Center where he is being held on $25,000 cash bond.

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