This could have been very bad. luckily the officer was aware of his surroundings an noticed something that didn't seem right.
PORTLAND (AP) -- Police have arrested a man they say was loading a hunting rifle outside a church and planning to harm someone inside.
Portland Police Capt. Vern Malloch said Monday a police officer assigned to Portland High School "probably avoided a tragedy" by making the arrest after spotting the armed man in an alley alongside the high school and First Parish Church.
Malloch says Herbert Jones, 46, made references to pedophiles being in the church. An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was under way at the time.
Jones faces charges including terrorizing and possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as stalking a woman at the AA meeting. Malloch says a passenger in Jones' BMW convertible was charged, as well. Jail records list no attorney for the men.
PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) - Charges have been upgraded against a man who police spotted loading a rifle outside the First Parish Church in Portland on Monday.
Herbert Jones is now facing a charge of attempted murder.
A police officer inside Portland High School spotted Jones in front of the church loading rounds into a rifle.
Investigators say jones was planning to shoot people attending an alcoholic anonymous meeting inside.
At his first court appearance Wednesday a judge ordered that he be held on $500,000 bail.