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Man in custody pulls BB gun on Butler Co. officer, deputy praised for restraint

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A man is in custody after pulling a BB gun on a Butler County deputy Sunday after reports of disorderly conduct outside a gas station. 

According to police, deputies were dispatched to Thornton's in New Miami for two boisterous subjects, one of whom was displaying a gun. 

The store employee stated that Mel Tittle, 50,  was lifting his shirt up and showing everyone he had a gun and pointed it at the employee while it was still holstered. 

Police said Tittle pulled a firearm from a holster on his hip when asked to show his hands. 

"He initially had his back to me, but turned to face me when he pulled the gun out," said Deputy Brown.

After several commands, Tittle threw the gun on the ground and shouted that he had done nothing wrong, stated police. 

Reports showed that the suspect was also in possession of brass knuckles and that the gun he had was a realistic looking BB gun. 

Tittle was charged with tampering with evidence, an aggravated felony, as well as carrying concealed weapons, inducing panic and disorderly conduct, according to officials. 

“I’ve been asked several times what went through my head at that moment, and honestly there was no time to think; that’s how much time I had to decide to shoot him or not.  I couldn’t sit there and evaluate his intentions but he threw the gun and we are both still here.”

John Tittle, 60, was also charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor of the 4th degree. 

“That outcome could have been a lot different,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. “This is the kind of stuff we are faced with every single day.  This deputy showed some amazing restraint in this situation and didn’t have to.  Mr. Tittle certainly didn’t let my deputy know it was a BB gun, and it doesn’t look like one either.  I am pleased Deputy Brown went home and more pleased Mr. Tittle is in the Butler County Jail where he should be.”

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