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Police: Rock Hill man pulled shotgun on man who photographed double-parked truck

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A Rock Hill man was arrested after allegedly pointing a shotgun at a man who took a picture of the suspect’s double-parked pickup, according to Rock Hill Police.

Joseph Cameron Halford, 47, of Lacebark Drive, was charged with two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm. He was placed in the Rock Hill city jail under $20,000 bond and was released Saturday on a personal recognizance bond.

The incident happened just after midnight Friday in front of Halford’s home, according to a police report. One of the victims, a 28-year-old man, was visiting a friend who lives on the same road and parked his van on the street, where he noticed a double-parked truck. He parked his vehicle and then took a picture “as a precaution” in case any damage was caused to his vehicle.

The victim said Halford came out of his home and asked who took the picture, police said. He explained his reasoning for taking the photo and began walking to the home of his friend, who heard the commotion and began walking with the victim toward his vehicle.

Halford approached the men with a shotgun and told the men to put their hands up and lay on the ground, police said. The victim reportedly told Halford he would move his car, and he and his friend then fled.

Witnesses gave statements that corroborated the victims’ accounts, police said. Police obtained a search warrant after Halford denied consent to search his home, in which they found a shotgun.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082

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