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Woodbury man allegedly brandished handgun in threat case

A Woodbury man appears in court today on charges that he threatened another man with a handgun.

Thomas John McGillis, 47, was charged with terroristic threats - a felony - after a July 10 incident at a Woodbury home.

The charges stemmed from an incident at McGillis' residence.

A criminal complaint states the ex-husband of McGillis' wife came to the residence that day to pick up a child.

According to the complaint, McGillis met the man at the door. The ex-husband picked up the child and brought her to his vehicle and returned to the door.

The complaint states the ex-husband attempted to speak with his ex-wife but was stopped by McGillis. The alleged victim told police McGillis then became belligerent and prevented the exes from speaking.

According to the complaint, McGillis produced a black handgun, which he allegedly brandished toward the ex-husband. The man told police McGillis threatened to "put a ... bullet" in him.

The alleged victim told police he left the area "quite frightened" and called 911.

McGillis was released on bond from Washington County jail July 13. Bail conditions called for a $5,000 bond, no contact with the alleged victim and no use or possession of firearms or dangerous weapons.

He was set to appear in Washington County District Court today at 1 p.m.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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