The incident frightened some of the approximately 100 customers, especially when O’Brien started yelling, “Gun, gun, gun,” farm manager Mike Cross told reporter Doug Ireland.
“Some people kind of ducked and covered into the building,” Cross said.
Several people called 911 and six police cruisers quickly responded.
“They jumped out of their cars and surrounded the car (Pawl) was sitting in,” Cross said. “It was like a SWAT team showing up.”
Pawl may have been surprised by the sudden attention, according to Cross. He was petting his dog in the car and waiting for his wife to return from buying apples when police surrounded him, he said.
No one was arrested. Police are investigating the incident and charges may yet be filed, police Lt. Timothy Jones told Ireland.
Pawl should not have been surprised in the interest police took in his behavior. People ought to be able to spend a late summer afternoon at an apple orchard without the fear of becoming entangled in gun violence.
These incidents and others — including a recent string or armed convenience store robberies — are alarming. The uptick in violent and potentially violent behavior merits a strong response from police and the condemnation of the community.