Davenport police arrested former city Alderman Keith Meyer Sunday on charges that the former 3rd Ward councilman allegedly threatened his neighbor with a shotgun.
Meyer, 71, of 1010 N. Marquette St., is charged with one count of assault while displaying a weapon.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police officer Randall Gard, officers were sent to Meyer’s home at 11:27 a.m. Sunday after a man called and said his neighbor had pointed a shotgun at him.
Meyer is building a speed bump on the jointly owned driveway he shares with the neighbor. The speed bump is being constructed at the entrance to the neighbor’s short residential portion of the shared drive, according to Gard’s affidavit. This is the spot where the driveway splits, with one side heading to Meyer’s home and the other to the neighbor’s home.
The incident occurred when the victim returned home, police said. The victim told police that as he pulled into the driveway, Meyer began cursing and threatening him. The victim said he never acknowledged Meyer.
The victim told officers he went to his home and grabbed a small digital camera to document the construction on the jointly owned driveway and to walk to the mailbox to get his Sunday newspaper.
According to the affidavit, the victim told police that he was accustomed to Meyer’s verbal assaults. However, his threats recently had become more threatening, even suggesting the use of firearms, the neighbor told police. However, no weapon previously had been displayed.
The victim said he planned to document the construction and not speak with Meyer.
The victim stated that as he neared the speed bump to photograph it, he noticed Meyer coming at him with what appeared to be a rifle. The victim told police he was fearful Meyer was going to shoot.
According to the arrest affidavit, Meyer stepped toward the victim and said, “I got my shotgun, and I’m going to use it.” Meyer then raised the gun and pointed it at the victim.
The victim was able to obtain a photo of Meyer pointing the weapon at him, according to the affidavit.
The victim then went into his home and called police.
According to the affidavit, Meyer told police he felt threatened by the neighbor when the neighbor pulled up in the driveway. Meyer said he was fearful of the victim, so he went to his residence, got his shotgun and the returned to the driveway to defend himself.
Police said Meyer’s shotgun was not loaded at the time of the incident. Officers confiscated the gun.
Assault while displaying a weapon is an aggravated misdemeanor under Iowa law that carries a possible prison sentence of up to two years.
Meyer was booked into the Scott County Jail at 12:43 p.m. Sunday. He was released an hour and fifteen minutes later after posting $2,000 bond through A-1 Bonding.