Man charged with threatening man, woman with loaded gun
October 31, 2005
An Aspen man was arrested early Monday after two people told police he threatened them with a loaded gun in his apartment during a night of drinking.Sean Gooding, 34, is charged with two felony counts of menacing and a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a weapon.The arrest warrant details a story in which one of the victims wrestled with Gooding after he allegedly loaded a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at the head of a woman he had met that night.The woman called 911 around 3 a.m. She said someone was “threatening her life with a gun,” according to the arrest warrant. A male voice then came on the phone and said “it was not true.” The call was then disconnected.
Police arrived at Gooding’s East Hopkins Avenue residence and found two people near the apartment complex’s elevator.”Both parties told the officers that ‘there was a drunk man upstairs waving a gun and threatening them,'” the warrant says.The woman was crying and shaking. She told police that she and the man she was with had met the suspect at McStorlie’s Pub. After the bar closed, Gooding invited them back to his house for some drinks.They talked in his living room and kitchen, but the suspect became upset, the warrant says. Neither victim could recall why he had become upset and both said they hadn’t threatened him.
“Gooding returned to the living room with a black handgun,” the warrant says. “Gooding waved the weapon around the room and pointed it at [the man’s] head.”He then allegedly pointed it at the woman’s head and said, “I’ll shoot your head off.””[The woman] told Gooding to ‘put the f—— gun away’ and ‘I don’t believe it’s loaded.’ [She] then saw Gooding put a magazine into the handgun and rack the slide,” the warrant says. “Gooding then pointed the weapon at [the woman] and said, ‘Keep going, bitch.'”The woman told police she thought she was going to die.
The male victim, who told police he has known the suspect for a few years, grabbed Gooding’s right arm and forced him to the ground, the warrant says. They struggled, with the suspect allegedly biting the man’s wrist, until he told Gooding that police had arrived. The man told police Gooding was very intoxicated.Gooding was found at the back of the apartment complex. Although he appeared to be drunk, according to the warrant, he was cooperative and invited police to his apartment, where they found the weapon.He was being held at the Pitkin County Jail on $5,750 bond. Prosecutor Andrew Heyl said he wasn’t sure if Gooding would make his initial court appearance Monday evening or today.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org