Neighbor says Platte Co. woman pointed gun at him when he complained about barking dog

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 32-year-old Platte County woman is charged with unlawful use of a weapon after neighbors say she pointed a gun at a man's head when he knocked on her door to complain about her dog.

Riverside Police say officers responded to the Riverside Apartments near N.W. Vivion Road and Cliffview Drive on Friday at about 3:30 p.m. on reports of a disturbance involving a firearm.

The resident told police that the woman in the apartment across from him on the second floor pointed a gun at him.

Olivia Shoemake, on the other hand, told police her neighbor had been knocking on her door violently. She says she told him she had a gun and to go away. She said he wouldn't stop knocking so she opened the door, but said she kept the gun pointed down the whole time.

The neighbor told police they used to be friends with Shoemake, but that over the past two weeks since Shoemake got a new dog, there have been disagreements.

He says the dog has been barking all of the time. He said his girlfriend called Animal Control on Shoemake's dog early Friday morning. He says when he returned home from work he went directly to Shoemake's apartment to talk to her husband. When no one answered, he said he walked across the deck to his apartment. That's when he said he heard a clicking noise and looked out his open front door and saw Shoemake pointing a cocked pistol at his head from her apartment. He says she told him she would shoot him.

The man's girlfriend told police she also saw Shoemake pointing a gun at him, and another witness who lives across the courtyard and does not know either one of them very well said he saw Shoemake pointing a gun at her neighbor. That neighbor also said he saw the man knock on Shoemake's door about four times and said he was not cursing or yelling at her.

Police asked to see the gun, and Shoemake reportedly pointed to a chair where it was stashed. The officer reported the gun's hammer was cocked, that there was no ammunition in the chamber and the magazine had six .22 caliber bullets in it. The last two numbers in the serial number of the pistol were unreadable. Shoemake said her husband bought the gun with the serial number already damaged. The husband provided a hand-written receipt from the place from which he said he bought it.

Shoemake was taken into custody and bond was set at $25,000.






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