COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — A Colorado Springs mayoral candidate was jailed for allegedly pointing an AR-15 rifle in a public park this weekend.
Police said 48-year-old Justine Herring pointed the gun at another person and made threats on Saturday afternoon in Memorial Park. She was arrested on a menacing charge on Monday, and could also face a count of impersonating a peace officer. It’s unclear if she knew the person.
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is not running for re-election, and state Attorney General John Suthers is among those interested in taking his place in this year’s election.
Herring is a real estate broker. CBS4 partner KKTV reports she has raised $300 toward her mayoral campaign so far.
When declaring her candidacy, she said she was tired of the fights between the city council and the mayor’s office.
Her campaign’s Facebook page says “Justice is coming 2015!” and that she’s ostensibly running for mayor “because Colorado Springs is a big deal!”
The election is in April.
Herring is also featured in an offbeat reality TV show in which a camera followed her through Colorado Springs, including a visit to a camp for homeless residents.
In another scene, during a trip to a liquor store, Herring appears to pull a gun from her purse. The show ends with a confrontation between police, Herring and some men at a motel.
She appeared in court Tuesday. Her bond was set at $6,000.
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