Alan Gene Gibson Jr. and Ahwenga Joy Myers

Police: Man threatened to kill with shovel

A Siskiyou County man is in jail after threatening to kill people with a shovel, and his sister also faces charges for getting involved in the altercation at a Happy Camp tavern, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department said.

Alan Gene Gibson Jr., 36, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Saturday on two counts of vandalism and a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He remained lodged at the Siskiyou County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Callers reported to the sheriff's department early Saturday that Gibson was fighting at the Frontier Saloon in Happy Camp and had broken the windshield of a vehicle parked at the business, sheriff's department spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said in a news release today. Moments later, a 48-year old Happy Camp woman called to report that Gibson was at her home, had broken the back window out of her vehicle and was chasing her husband with a shovel.

Deputies found Gibson at the saloon, sitting on the floor and holding a towel to his head, which was bleeding from a small cut above his right eye, Gravenkamp said. A circle of people stood over him, telling him not to leave.

Witnesses told investigators that Gibson had swung a shovel at several people inside the bar, saying that he was going to kill everyone. Others patrons rushed Gibson and took the shovel away from him, the sheriff's release said.

Gibson tried to run out the front door but ran into the door, fell down and hit his head against a wall, witnesses told police.

While emergency medical workers treated Gibson, his sister, Ahwenga Joy Myers, 24, arrived at the bar and began cursing and yelling at patrons and employees, apparently attempting to start a fight, the sheriff's release said. Upon refusing to calm down, she was arrested on charges of being drunk in public and obstructing and resisting a peace officer. She was booked into Siskiyou County Jail, but has since been released with orders to appear in court next month, Gravenkamp said.

— Anita Burke

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