60-year-old man who brandished hand gun at political rally indicted by Grand Jury

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Hastings allegedly pointed a handgun in the direction of a group of individuals on the other side of the street during the rally.

WILMINGTON (DE): After no arrests for more than a week for man accused of brandishing a gun during a political rally in Wilmington, Michael Hastings was indicted by a New Castle County Grand Jury on Monday.

The indictment comes following an investigation by the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust.

Following the indictment, Hastings was requested by State Police Detectives to turn himself in with the firearm in question. Police say Hastings complied and around 6:30 p.m. Hastings walked into Troop 6 with the firearm in question and turned himself in.

The firearm in question was a Glock 17 handgun, police said.

Police say the original incident occurred in the area of Lancaster Pike and Barbara Road, in Wilmington on September 24,2020. Hastings allegedly pointed a handgun in the direction of a group of individuals on the other side of the street during the rally.

Hastings was indicted by the grand jury for Reckless Endanger First Degree I (1 Count -Felony), and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony (Felony).

Hastings was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and released on his own recognizance, with court bail conditions stating he shall relinquish all firearms and/or deadly weapons and may not acquire, nor be in possession of any firearms or deadly weapons.

Hastings faces a minimum mandatory sentence and the Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust will lead his prosecution says the Department of Justice.

“The right to free expression should be free of danger,” said Attorney General Jennings. “This is not responsible gun ownership. A firearm is a deadly weapon, period, and there is never a good reason to point it toward anyone except in self-defense. Mr. Hastings’ actions endangered others and we will prosecute him fully.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

About Grand Jury Indictments
DOJ reminds the public that an indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a jury trial at which the State bears the burden of proving each charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

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