Police arrest homeowner for allegedly pointing gun at officer

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A Maricopa police officer investigating an open garage door at a Maricopa Meadows home on Monday night discovered the homeowner pointing a gun at her.

Danny J. Pangle, of West Ranch Road, was arrested minutes later and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, police said.

According to a probable cause statement, the officer had observed the open door just before 10:30 p.m. and went to advise the homeowner to help prevent a possible theft. As the officer approached the home, she pointed her flashlight into the garage and turned it on and then back off. Continuing to walk up the driveway, she again flashed her light into the garage, this time finding Pangle allegedly pointing a firearm at her.

The officer retreated from the house and called for backup.

After additional units responded to the residence, Pangle was handcuffed, read his Miranda warnings and taken to the police department, police said.

During an interview, Pangle allegedly admitted to pointing his firearm at the police officer and stated, “I didn’t call them, my wife didn’t call them,” according to the probable cause statement. When asked who “them” was, Pangle said the “cops.”

Pangle was later taken to Pinal County Jail on the aggravated assault charges. According to online inmate records, he is no longer being held at the jail.