Police say Wildwood man was pointing gun at passing cars

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WILDWOOD — A Wildwood man is in custody after allegedly pointing a firearm at passing cars on Tuesday night, Dec. 10, including at police officers.

At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, detectives and uniform officers responded to Andrews and Pacific avenues for a report of a man pointing a gun. When officers arrived on scene, they saw a man in a black jacket, pointing a gun at a vehicle. As they got their vehicles into position, he pointed the gun  at the officers, according to a police report.

According to police, the officers exited their vehicles at took cover as they drew their own guns and ordered the man to drop his. He complied, and was taken into custody without incident. Police identified him as Jonathan Curry, 48, an unemployed resident of Wildwood.

According to Det. Sgt. Kenneth Gallagher, the weapon turned out to be a very realistic imitation 9mm semiautomatic handgun. It was a pellet gun, but a high end model, with the identifying orange tip at the barrel removed, according to Gallagher, so that it looked identical to a real handgun.

He said a plain clothes detective was the first on scene, and that if Curry had not dropped the weapon when ordered to, he would have almost certainly been shot.

Several people called in about the incident, and one person stopped by the station to report it as well, Gallagher said. 

Police say the investigation continues. Curry was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon and drug possession, according to point.

Judge Dorothy Garrabrant set bail at $200,000, and Curry was taken to county jail.  

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