Gun incident leads to arrests -- tense confrontation at local store

Monday, May 12, 2003
Berryville Police Officer Randy Mayfield took a suspect into custody Tuesday evening when an O'Reilly Automotive employee reported men with a gun outside the store on Highway 62. A gun was later found to be stolen moments before from Castle Pawn, nearby. CCN / Ken O'Toole

BERRYVILLE ---- A report of someone brandishing a gun outside of O'Reilly Auto Parts led to the arrest of three people, one of whom faces charges of stealing guns moments before the tense incident Tuesday evening.

Officer Randy Mayfield and deputies Lt. Robert Hebrank and Cpl. John Rains were on the scene within a minute or two of the 911 call, and held two of the suspects at gunpoint in the parking lot.

At 5:24 p.m., a caller had told dispatchers that someone was holding a gun outside the auto parts store and that a man "is coming in" just before police arrived.

As the suspects were detained, Mayfield determined that the guns were in the car, and had not been taken into the store.

During the investigation, one of the suspects allegedly said he had purchased or found the weapons, one of which had a Castle Pawn price tag on it. Contact with Castle Pawn revealed the guns had allegedly been stolen within an hour of the incident at O'Reilly's.

During the investigation, Mayfield arrested Joshua Mills, 21, of the Glen Echo trailer park on Hailey Road in Berryville. He was charged with theft, illegal possession of a firearm and also had outstanding warrants.

Michael Hammerstone, 24, Berryville, was charged with obstructing government operations for allegedly lying to police about his identity, and also had warrants.

Another suspect was held for Fayetteville police for outstanding warrants out of Washington County.

Mills was still in custody Thursday, awaiting a probable cause hearing.

Mayfield said the investigation is still under way.

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