Alburnett man threatened Linn County deputy with AR-15

Warned family authorities 'could expect a fight'

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ALBURNETT — An Alburnett man is accused of pointing a loaded rifle at a Linn County deputy on Tuesday.

According to the Linn County attorney’s Office, deputies were called to 218 Third Ave. after a juvenile reported that his father, 48-year-old David M. Leach, was drunk and there was a possible dispute going on at the residence. When deputies arrived, family members told them that when Leach heard the police had been called, he said that he would not go out of the house willingly and “they could expect a fight,” according to the criminal complaint. Leach then went into the basement, retrieved a loaded AR-15 and stood at the entrance of his garage, authorities said.

Deputy Alex Steffens arrived at the home first and ordered Leach to drop the weapon, court records state. Leach refused and pointed the rifle at Steffens for approximately 35 seconds “in a threatening manner” and refused to drop the weapon. When Leach was finally taken into custody, he had a bag around his shoulder holding six clips of ammunition for the rifle.

Leach has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and interference with official acts while using a dangerous weapon.

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