Anyone who’s ever answered the door only to be greeted by a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses preaching their brand of front-porch gospel knows how annoying they can be. But John Baldwin of Centerton, Ark., took his irritation to a new level.
Baldwin whipped out a 9mm handgun and uncorked 19 rounds in the direction of the departing front-stoop evangelists.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident Saturday, but Baldwin faces charges of aggravated assault.
Baldwin (pictured), whom neighbors say moved to the Centerton neighborhood only a month ago, apparently engaged in a cordial conversation with his visitors at first. But upon realizing their purpose there, he lost it.
"The minute they mentioned they were with the Jehovah testimony that's when he told them to get off the property," said police officer Jeremiah Nicholson, who arrested Baldwin.
“Get your (explicit) off my property. I moved out here to get away from people like you,” Baldwin shouted, according to police documents.
The three Jehovah’s Witnesses apologized and turned to depart. But one of them heard Baldwin say, “Get me my nine.”
“Nine” refers to a 9 mm handgun.
As the Witnesses were in their car and preparing to drive away, Baldwin opened fire. The Witnsses told police that they looked in their rear-view mirror and saw Baldwin standing behind their car, blasting away.
Baldwin later told police that he fired 19 shots.
"He was very calm, he seemed very apologetic," Nicholson said. "He said he wasn't trying to hurt them he was just wanting them off his property."
Cops found 13 shell casings at the scene as well as a Springfield XDM-9.
According to Guns and Ammo magazine, that particular weapon is manufactured specifically to hold a large number of bullets without using a special magazine that is usually longer than the frame of the gun. The capacity of the XDM-9 is listed as 19 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber.
Baldwin, 35, owns a moving company, Two Men and Truck, in nearby Bentonville, Ark. He began working there in 2008 as a truck driver, received a series of promotions and bought the business in 2011, according to the company’s web site.
SOURCES: Hot Springs Daily, KFSM News, Northwest Arkansas, Guns and Ammo, Two Men and a Truck