Thayer -- A Pomona man has been arrested on a weapons charge.
Daniel James Coughlin, 35, has been charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
In a probable cause statement supplied by the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Thayer Police Officer Michael Bunting said he received a call Jan. 31, from Melissa Williams, manager of the Chestnut Inn Apartments located on Chestnut Street in Thayer concerning a man with a gun.
Williams told Bunting a man (Coughlin) had passed out in the hall of the apartment building and when she tried to wake him up a pistol fell out of his pocket. She said he picked up the gun and pulled the hammer back.
Coughlin told Williams he was staying in apartment number three at Chestnut Inn. She said he began waving the gun around and she asked him to go back in the apartment. She said he stood up and pointed the gun toward her and staggered backward waving the gun around. She said he then released the hammer and placed the gun in his waistband.
Bunting said he called for back-up from officer Terry Bounds. He said when they arrived at the apartment, he recognized Coughlin exiting the apartment building.
Bunting asked him if he had a gun and he said he did not. Coughlin then made a movement toward his waist and the officers subdued him, conducted a pat down, and found a 44 cal. black powder pistol.
Coughlin was transported to the Thayer Police Station.
Bunting said while he was booking Coughlin into the jail he received a call from Michael Smith saying his pistol had been stolen.
Smith came to the police station and identified the pistol as his. He said that it only had five rounds loaded and one empty and the weapon was functional.
Coughlin will appear in Oregon County Court in March.