Police: Rock Hill dad with gun arrested after teen threatens neighbors

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Matthew Belschner

— A Rock Hill teenager arguing with his mother on Sunday threatened to run over and shoot several of his neighbors because he didn’t want them watching the fight, police said.

Neighbors on the 1200 block of Millstone Place, off Springdale Road, called police at about 7:30 p.m. to report that a man with a gun threatened to kill people, according to a Rock Hill police report. When officers arrived, they were met by a crowd of people who told them the man threatened them with a rifle.

Police went to the address and spoke with the suspect’s mother, who said her 15-year-old son was inside and there were no firearms in the house at all, the report states. Police ordered her son out of the house.

As police were on scene, the boy’s father, Matthew William Belschner Sr. arrived home, the report states. The mother told police that Belschner, 45, had the gun. Belschner became irate, police said, and told officers he had a gun in the center console of his 2013 Chevrolet Silverado.

Police asked him to get out of the car, but he leaned toward the console, the report states. Police removed Belschner from the car. He suffered a cut above his left eye when he was shoved onto the roadway. He continued screaming at officers until they took him to the city jail and charged him with public disorderly conduct. They confiscated his gun, loaded with 14 rounds.

Police later learned that the boy and his mother had been fighting while outside of their home, the report states, and the neighbors had been watching. The boy did not like them observing and began yelling at them.

When they did not leave, the boy got into his truck and began to rev the engine, threatening to run them over, the report states. He then said, “I’ll kill you,” before going into the house to grab his rifle case.

He began to open the case, the report states, and threatened to “shoot them all.” The neighbors fled and called police. Eight witnesses gave police statements.

Police placed the boy in custody before he was taken to the York County Juvenile Detention Center. His father was released from jail Sunday on a $260 bond.

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