Minuteman Accused Of Pointing Gun At Sheriff's Deputy

August 20, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — A member of the Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement is accused of pointing an assault rifle at a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy whom he mistook for a drug smuggler.

Authorities said 49-year-old Richard Malley was being held Monday on $10,000 bond on suspicion of aggravated assault. He doesn't have a lawyer yet.

Malley, of Glendale, was looking for drug runners Saturday night along Interstate 8 near Gila Bend.

Two deputies checking mile markers say Malley appeared from the side of the road armed with an AR-15 rifle, a .45 caliber pistol and a fixed-blade knife.

They say Malley raised his rifle up and pointed it at a deputy who identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

Malley says he believed the uniformed deputy was a drug smuggler working for a cartel.