Man charged after threatening family hitting golf balls in backyard

A Morristown man faces felony charges after authorities said it appeared he threatened a family and their child with a pistol while they were hitting golf balls in the backyard.

Gregory Don Reese, 63, of Gaby Circle, faces four counts of aggravated assault and a count of child endangerment.

The incident occurred Thursday when police were called to a home on Broyles Lane, close to Gaby Circle. A person at the address told Hamblen County deputies that he, his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s daughter and his cousin were outside hitting golf balls when Reese came to the property line and started complaining they were in his yard.

Reese and the neighbor started arguing. Reese then pulled out a black handgun and threatened the family, according to an affidavit. As deputies searched, they found a magazine for a Walther pistol loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

According to the affidavit, Reese first told deputies he had a fake gun and showed them a B.B. gun pistol.

When they asked if he had a Walther pistol, he admitted he did, but said he was only carrying the magazine and it fell out of his pocket.

Reese had been released from custody as of Saturday, jail officials said.