During the afternoon hours of June 22, 2017, Vandalia officers responded to a report of an individual who had pointed a gun at another person and made threats to harm them. Officers were able to locate the suspect on foot in the 200 block of Park St. and take him into custody without incident.
The Vandalia Police Department served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence later in the evening in the 200 block of E State St., in Vandalia, Audrain County, Mo. As a result of the search warrant, officers confiscated numerous weapons: to include machine guns, semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and ordnance. The ATF and Department of Defense Bomb Squad responded to the scene and assisted Vandalia officers in the investigation to determine if the ordnance was active or inert. Further testing will be conducted at MSHP crime lab in Jefferson City, on the above listed weapons.
Arrested was Peter R. Thomas, age 68, of Vandalia for Attempted Assault 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Armed Criminal Action.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.