A 67-year-old man allegedly unholstered his gun and threatened to shoot several cemetery workers on the morning of Saturday, March 19, the Forest Park Police Department reported.
According to a police report, the man came to Forest Home Cemetery at 863 Desplaines Ave. to visit a gravesite but was first deterred by a locked gate. Once the gate was unlocked, the man was still unable to visit the grave because the area was flooded after recent rains.
Frustrated by his experience, the man visited the maintenance shed to get some answers. A verbal argument ensued, and the man said that after the workers “approach[ed] him in a threatening manner,” he pulled his gun, pointed it at the ground, and told them not to mess with him.
A group of workers interviewed by police, however, told a slightly different version of events. They said the man was irate and that after they tried to explain why the area was flooded, the man unholstered his gun and said “don’t [expletive] with me, I’ll blow your head off.”
The man was cited for disorderly conduct and assault.
This information was obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.