KC man charged with shooting at someone selling metal pipes

Posted at 3:44 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 23:22:24-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City business owner is facing charges for allegedly shooting at someone attempting to sell metal pipes. 

David Jungerman, 80, is charged with class B unlawful use of a weapon, class E unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault, and armed criminal action.

He's being held on a $1 million bond. When asked the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office said it would not comment on the requested bond amount. 

According to court documents, Jungerman called police and said someone had stolen pipes from his business and was attempting to sell them at a recycling center. He stated he was armed and intended to hold the man and woman selling the pipes until police arrived. 

Jungerman allegedly pointed the gun at the victim's face and eventually fired a shot. The man then ran away and the woman left in their van. 

Jungerman told police he fired the shot as a warning and "missing him would have hurt my pride."

Police recovered a .38 revolver with one spent shell casing four live rounds from his vehicle.

Although Jungerman was questioned in the death of Tom Pickert, a local attorney, police have not named him as a person of interest. Jungerman was a defendant in a civil lawsuit Pickert won. A jury decided Jungerman had to pay out nearly $6 million for shooting two homeless men seeking shelter outside his warehouse in 2012.

A day after his arrest, Kansas City Police tactical team stormed his business.

41 Action News cameras rolled as the tactical team broke down the business' door late Friday afternoon, searching inside the warehouse and on top of the roof with guns drawn. 

At least six detectives were on scene, as the Crime Scene Unit took photographs and collected evidence. 

Police did not respond to 41 Action News' request for information. It is unknown if this search is related to Thursday's arrest.