Raleigh police: Shooting bullets into air was wrong way to empty pistol

From staff reportsSeptember 10, 2013 

— Employees at a Crabtree Boulevard pawn shop told Michael Shawn Cottrell they could not accept the loaded .44-caliber revolver he wanted to sell, so he went outside Monday night and shot several bullets into the air, then returned with the gun, police said.

The workers told police they had suggested Cottrell, 44, step outside the shop to unload the gun so they could accept it, but police were not happy with how they say he did it.

Officers cited Cottrell with discharging a firearm in the city and with having a firearm on educational property.

Wake Technical Community College rents space in the Gateway Plaza shopping center where Arrow Pawn is at 2421 Crabtree Blvd., qualifying the parking lot as educational property, police charged in an arrest warrant.

Cottrell, of 5805 Trinity Road, was held in lieu of $1,500 bail for a court appearance Tuesday.

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