A Tennessee man was arrested on suspicion of pulling a gun on a couple wearing “Make America Great Again” caps at Sam’s Club in Bowling Green.
James M. Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was arrested Saturday by the Bowling Green Police Department on a felony count of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Police were called to Sam’s Club regarding reports of a person with a gun, with multiple callers reporting that a man in a gray sweatshirt and “veteran’s hat” pulled a gun on a man and woman, according to Phillips’ arrest citation.
“Callers stated the suspect was standing next to a gold Honda in a handicapped parking space telling the female, ‘It’s a good day to die b----,’ ” the citation said.
Phillips told police he walked past the man and woman wearing the caps associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign and “flipped them off for solely wearing the hats,” police records said.
Phillips said he walked away and was then confronted by the man in the cap. Phillips alleged the man put his hands on him, which the man denied.
Video surveillance does not show the man putting his hands on Phillips, according to the citation.
Witnesses reported that a verbal argument ensued between the two men and Phillips pulled a gun on the man inside the store, although this could not be seen on surveillance video due to Phillips backing out of view of the camera, according to records.
“Phillips had a Glock .40 caliber, with a round chambered, in his rear right pocket and two additional magazines in his left cargo pocket,” his arrest citation said. “Phillips has a current concealed carry permit in Tennessee.”
After his arrest, Phillips was booked in Warren County Regional Jail under a $10,000 cash bond and was set to be arraigned Monday in Warren District Court.
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