Central Arkansas man charged in threats to group of golfers that included city's police chief

Posted: November 7, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

49-year-old Bradley French of Maumelle

49-year-old Bradley French of Maumelle

A central Arkansas man is accused of pointing a gun at three golfers, including a police chief, according to authorities.

About 5 p.m. Sunday, Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams called 911 to report a man pointing a gun at people while claiming to work for the FBI near the 17th hole of the Country Club of Arkansas golf course, a Police Department report stated.

One of the other golfers told officers that a ball had landed behind a house on Marseille Drive. While they were looking for it, 49-year-old Bradley French appeared with a gun, saying they were on his property, the golfer told police.

French aimed the gun at the group, threatening to "blow their [expletive] heads off," according to the report.

Another golfer told officers the area they searched for the ball was on the country club's property.

Police said they located French standing in the driveway of a home next to his own on Marseille Drive.

In the report, officers noted that French appeared intoxicated and that his slurred speech made him difficult to understand. He was drinking a beer while speaking to authorities, according to police.

The owner of the home where French was found reportedly told officers French had been over there to work on a vehicle. The two men had been talking about guns, prompting French to retrieve a shotgun from his own home to show him, the report stated.

French reportedly asked several times why he was under arrest, repeatedly stating to officers that he worked for the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of terroristic threatening and one count of second-degree criminal impersonation, the report said.


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State Desk on 11/07/2017