Man With Gun Made Threats as Children Hid in Bathroom in Salem: Police

A man accused of carrying a gun around in a Salem home and making statements against law enforcement and himself as two children and two other adults hid from him in a bathroom has been arrested.

State police responded to a home on Fairy Lake Road at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday to investigate after receiving reports of an intoxicated man with an AR-15 causing problems and two adults and two children locking themselves in a bathroom as the man tried to get in.

The man, who police identified as 44-year-old Erich Murphy, of Salem, got into the bathroom and one adult spoke with him as the other adult and children left the house, according to state police.

Murphy was also making statements against law enforcement and himself while carrying the gun, according to police.

State police took him into custody and Murphy has been charged with illegal carrying of a firearm while under the influence, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct.

Bond was set at $15,000 and he was released.

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