Salem man held in gun incident

PERRY TWP. – A Salem man will face arraignment this morning in Columbiana County Municipal Court for three misdemeanor charges related to an incident Tuesday involving a loaded “camo-colored” AK-47 assault rifle.

Erik Carlson, 24, of 35941 Salem Grange Road, was charged with having weapons while intoxicated, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct through public intoxication after Perry Township Police were called to Springdale Street for a man with a gun allegedly arguing with another man on the street.

Police saw Carlson holding the weapon and running toward the street. After his arrest, he was taken to the Columbiana County jail, but was later released after posting bond.

According to Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh, the other person denied there was an argument and said Carlson was just showing him the gun. Carlson was allegedly in the neighborhood to visit a relative and was seen running from a back yard toward the road with the gun in his possession.

The obstruction charge stemmed from him not cooperating with police and failing to tell them his name. Emigh said the weapon, which contained 28 rounds in a dual magazine, was seized at the scene.