AREA MAN FACES MULTIPLE COUNTS OF WEAPONS-RELATED FELONY CHARGE

An Odessa man who allegedly threatened city employees while holding a firearm on Monday, November 4, has been charged with multiple counts of a felony in Lafayette County.

According to a probable-cause statement, three city of Odessa electric employees told authorities they were on a property to mark utilities for a boring project. They say 54-year-old Gregory T. Morris stepped outside and stated he had a firearm and would make them leave the property. While on the front porch, Morris allegedly threatened to shoot the employees while they say he was holding a long rifle or shotgun. Prior to making contact with Morris, authorities confirmed he was a convicted felon and unable to legally possess a firearm. Morris reportedly told authorities he had an air rifle during the confrontation, and it was not a firearm.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for Morris’ residence and reportedly found several firearms and boxes of ammunition.

Online court documents say Morris has been charged with four counts of a Class D Felony for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Morris posted $25,000 surety bond on Wednesday, November 6.

Morris’ initial appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, at Lafayette County Circuit Court.