Rock Hill man facing weapons, DUI charges after firing gun in yard

Michael Funderburk
Michael Funderburk York County Sheriff’s Office

A Rock Hill man was jailed on weapons and drunken driving charges Sunday after neighbors reported he was walking around his yard and firing a gun, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Eugene Funderburk, 57, of Elmwood Drive, was charged with DUI and open container, and deputies are also obtaining warrants for unsafe discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was placed in the York County detention center, where he remained Monday afternoon without bond.

Three neighbors of Funderburk’s reported about 8 p.m. Sunday that Funderburk was shooting a gun in his yard “in an unsafe manner, acting strange and threatening neighbors,” according to a sheriff’s report. Funderburk reportedly confronted one of the neighbors about calling police on him for a similar incident the night before. He then retrieved a gun from his home and yelled across the street to his neighbors “about how they messed up and that they had not seen crazy yet.”

Funderburk began shooting rounds into the ground and out in front of him, deputies said. Deputies responded to Funderburk’s home, but before they entered his property, they saw Funderburk pull onto the roadway in his Chevrolet Tahoe. Deputies tried unsuccessfully to flag Funderburk down as he drove by.

Funderburk pulled into the driveway of another address on Elmwood Drive where his brother reportedly lives, the report states. Deputies approached the vehicle and ordered Funderburk out of it. Inside the SUV, they found an open beer in the console.

Funderburk struggled with deputies, who eventually were able to arrest him, according to the report. He said he consumed two beers earlier, but deputies said he smelled “very strongly” of alcohol. Sobriety testing was not performed on Funderburk due to his violent and resistant behavior, officials said.

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