A Roseburg/Grants Pass man is facing charges after a Roseburg police officer said he brandished a gun in their direction.

On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the U.S. Bank located in the 600-block of Southeast Main Street in downtown Roseburg. They found William Olson, 47, inside a white 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue.

When an officer attempted to contact Olson, they saw him reaching into the center console of the vehicle, according to a police report. When the officer thought they saw a gun in Olson’s hand, they ran for cover behind a car.

At that point, the officer said Olson opened the driver’s side door and brandished a firearm while looking in the officer’s direction.

Olson fled the scene and was later pulled over in a traffic stop. After receiving a search warrant, officers seized a fully-loaded, black-powder .44 caliber revolver, along with several hundred rounds of revolver ammunition balls.

Williams is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing. He was lodged at Douglas County Jail.

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What is "brandishing?"

Had he been signaled to stop with overhead lights or otherwise subjected to police attempting to take him into custody before he "fled?"

i do not know guns. When you say a black powder revolver shooting ball ammunition I think of the 1848 Colt's Dragoon that Rooster Cogburn took from evil Ned Pepper in True Grit.

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