A family argument ended in criminal charges Friday for a Mason man accused of threatening to shoot family members with a gun.
Timothy Shope, 55, faces one count of domestic violence, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Police say they received a 911 call to respond to the 4000 block of Hanover Drive for a report of a man threatening to shoot family members with a gun.
Upon arrival, police found Shope in the front yard, unarmed, where he denied making the threats and reported no guns had been involved in the family argument, according to the police report.
A relative told police she overheard an intoxicated Shope on the phone say he had a loaded weapon and threaten to shoot everyone in the household. Several family members were in the house at the time, including children.
Shope owns a firearm and has made threats in the past, the relative told police.
Police said Shope admitted to owning a .45 handgun, which was found in a suitcase along with 25 rounds of ammunition in a nearby room in the house.
He has a previous conviction for domestic violence from 2006, which elevates the charge from a fourth-degree misdemeanor to a second-degree misdemeanor, according to the police report.
Shope was released from Warren County Jail Monday on a $1,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.