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Man wearing a kilt climbs onto store roof with hatchet, gun and knives

Salisbury Police said a drunk man wearing a kilt climbed onto a store building roof with a hatchet, gun and knives early Thursday in the city’s downtown.
Salisbury Police said a drunk man wearing a kilt climbed onto a store building roof with a hatchet, gun and knives early Thursday in the city’s downtown. WBTV

Salisbury Police said a man wearing a kilt climbed onto a store building roof with a hatchet, gun and knives early Thursday in the city’s downtown.

Police said 43-year-old Brian Timothy Allen had been drinking and threatened to shoot people before he climbed onto the roof of a building in the 100 block of East Innes Street at about 3:15 a.m., Observer news partner WBTV reported. The building houses a nail salon and a vacuum cleaner store.

“He had a knife hanging from a necklace, Kevlar rope wrapped around his wrist and a tan, army-style baseball hat,” Salisbury Police Capt. Melonie Thompson told the station. “In total he had three knives, smaller knives. He also had a hatchet...and he had a gun in a shoulder holster.”

An officer who got onto the roof said Allen was “rolling around” near an air-conditioning unit, WBTV reported. The fire department used a bucket truck to get Allen down.

Police cited Allen for carrying a concealed weapon after consuming alcohol, according to the station, and said he could face more charges.

“He was very cooperative the whole time he was with us,” Thompson said at a news conference. “ Whenever he was with us, he was very pleasant.”

“We take every gun call with the utmost seriousness. I don’t care what it is, until we see that there is no perceived threat we take it very serious," Thompson said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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