Posted: Oct 16, 2013 4:50 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2013 4:51 PM
BELTON, Texas (AP) A police officer testifying at a trial drawing the attention of gun rights advocates says he was worried when a soldier carrying a semi-automatic rifle told him he had the weapon "because he could."
Steve Ermis took the stand Wednesday during the trial of Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham in Belton. Grisham's charged with a misdemeanor count of interfering with the duties of an officer.
Closing arguments are expected Thursday.
Ermis was sent to investigate a report of a man on a road carrying a rifle. He testified that he was concerned and moved to disarm Grisham.
Grisham was arrested in March while hiking with his 15-year-old son, who was working on the requirements for a Boy Scout badge.
He's being defended by the National Association of Legal Gun Defense.
Information from: Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram, http://www.tdtnews.com