April 2, 1995 in City

Man Arrested After Pointing Gun At Police

By The Spokesman-Review

A Coeur d’Alene man was arrested early Saturday after authorities said he pointed a loaded rifle at officers.

“He came very close to being shot I think,” said Spokane police spokesman Dick Cottam. “(The officers) exercised a lot of restraint.”

Charles R. Graser, 40, of 1522 Davis in Coeur d’Alene, was booked into Spokane County Jail on carrying a loaded weapon in a car, intimidating an officer with a firearm and obstruction.

Graser’s wife, Ivalynn Graser, 46, was a passenger in the car. She was cited for obstruction but not jailed.

She repeatedly told officers someone was after her and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for a mental evaluation, Cottam said.

Officers responded to a suspicious activity call just after midnight at Lee and Cleveland. They were stopped by a motorist who said a man in a white Cutlass had just pointed a rifle at him.

Police pulled the Cutlass over in the 2800 block of North Stone. Officers ordered the driver and passenger, later identified as the Grasers, out of the car.

Both responded slowly. Graser leaned back into his car and picked up a .30-.06-caliber rifle from the back seat, Cottam said. Graser turned toward the officers with his gun in his hands and repeatedly refused their orders to drop the gun.

Several officers had their weapons pointed at Graser, who finally put down his rifle and was handcuffed, Cottam said.

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