BOWLING GREEN, KY — A Tennessee man is facing charges after police say he pulled a gun on a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and told his wife, who was also wearing a MAGA hat, that it was a good day to die, according to a police report. The incident took place late Saturday afternoon inside a Kentucky Sam’s Club.
According to a police report, the suspect, identified by Bowling Green police as James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tennessee, told the woman in the hat “it’s a good day to die (profanity),” callers told police. Phillips, who witnesses said was wearing a veterans hat, was accused of making the remarks as he stood next to a gold Honda in a handicapped parking space.
Phillips told police he flipped of the couple after walking past them inside the store because they were wearing the hats, the police report says. Phillips told police the man in the cap confronted him and came up behind him before putting his hands on him, the report says. Police said the man in the hat denied this and video sureveillance confirmed that he did not put his hands on Phillips.
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According to the report, Pierce came up behind Phillips and got his attention. He then flipped off Phillips and put his hands in his face, the report says.
Witnesses said Phillips then backed away and a verbal argument ensued, the report says. Police said Phillips then pulled a gun on the man inside the store, according to witness statements.
Police said Phillips then left the store with his mother. The couple in the “MAGA” hats followed Phillips to his car and according to Phillips, were “harassing him.” Witnesses and the couple told police that is when Phillips told the woman it was a good to die, the report says.
Police asked Phillips how the couple was harassing him and he told authorities they followed him and kept yelling and arguing with him while he was putting groceries inside his car, the report says. Phillips requested that police complete a report for the harassment he suffered.
According to police, Phillips had a Glock .40 caliber with a round chambered in his right rear pocket and two additional magazines. Police say he has a concealed carry permit in Tennessee.
Phillips was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.
Mugshot via Bowling Green Police