On June 22, 2022, a Missoula Police Department officer was dispatched to a local restaurant located in the 1100 block of West Central Avenue for a disturbance. John Mecredy, 39, allegedly threatened to shoot staff and had just fled the area in a vehicle. Lydia Arnold, Police Public Information Officer, explains.

“Agents were dispatched to speak to an employee who reported that Mecredy had ordered food, but should not have been happy with it as he requested a refund,” Arnold said. “During the interaction, Mecredy stepped up and told the employee he was going to come back and shoot them. Others in the establishment heard this comment, causing fear and concern.

Court documents say the employee gave Mecredy a refund for his food without issue. However, Mecredy also asked for a refund on his soda, which the employee refused. The employee said Mecredy then briefly left the store and returned with a stack of what appeared to be court documents.

Mecredy then threw the papers on the counter and demanded that if the employee didn’t reimburse him for the soda, he would come back to the establishment with a gun and shoot everyone. The employee did not reimburse Mecredy and Mecredy left in a vehicle.

“Officers located the vehicle Mecredy was driving and Mecredy was still in the driver’s seat,” Arnold said. “Due to security and weapons issues, the officer asked Mecredy to exit the vehicle. Mecredy did not cooperate with officers, but officers were able to place Mecredy under arrest for breach of terms of liberation and intimidation.

The officer spoke with other employees who were present at the time of the event. Each of these employees said they heard Mecredy threaten to return to the store with a gun to shoot them. Each of them indicated that they were afraid that Mecredy would follow through on the threat.

Mecredy is currently charged with criminal intimidation and resisting arrest.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly available sources.

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