July 18 2019
NEWPORT, Oregon - Newport police have arrested a man for pointing a firearm.
On April 23, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., a caller stated to police that, during an argument with Brian Matthew Lighthill, age 19 of Seal Rock, Lighthill pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims.
Police say one of the victims and the suspect, Lighthill had been arguing. As the victim got into his car, Lighthill pulled out a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim; a second victim was inside the vehicle. Both victims said they were in fear of their lives, and felt Lighthill was going to kill them. Lighthill is reported to have made menacing comments to the victims inside the car and tapped the barrel of the firearm on the windshield as he pointed it at the victims.
The victims left the area and called police. Lighthill took off in his car then was stopped by Newport Police Officers about three blocks away. During the investigation, police located a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in Lighthill's center console. Police believe Lighthill was driving drunk.
Lighthill was taken to the Lincoln County Jail where police report he consented to a breath analysis, which he failed.
Lighthill is currently locked up at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: DUII; two counts of Menacing; two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; and Minor in Possession Alcohol. His bail was set at $75,000.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.