Police: Woman pulls gun on congressman in church parking lot

Published: Sep. 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM EDT
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Gloria Brackett (Source:WYFF)
Gloria Brackett (Source:WYFF)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - Authorities in Spartanburg arrested a woman Sunday who is accused of pointing a gun at a U.S. congressman.

Police said they arrested the woman after she approached U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., while he was sitting in his vehicle in a church parking lot.

According to the arrest warrant, 52-year-old Gloria Brackett pointed a gun at Gowdy because she felt he was following her.

The report states Gowdy repeatedly told her he was not following her. It goes on to say Gowdy told the woman he was parked outside the First Baptist Church in Spartanburg waiting for a family member to come out from a church service.

The report indicates Gowdy drove off when the woman kept pointing her gun at him. Brackett chased him as he drove off, the report indicates.

Officers were notified of the incident shortly afterward and arrested Brackett.

News 4 Mike McCormick spoke to Brackett's mother on Monday morning.

She told McCormick her daughter is very sorry for what happened. The mother said her daughter thought she was being stalked in Atlanta, where she lives, and she thought the same person was following her on Sunday night.

Brackett's mother said she believes her daughter has mental problems and hopes this incident will help her get the help she needs.

Brackett is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center and is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and pointing and presenting a firearm.

At a news conference Monday, Director A. Tony Fisher said Brackett had a gun with four bullets, a magazine and a box of bullets when they arrested her.

Brackett is scheduled to appear at a 2 p.m. formal bond hearing.

A representative from Gowy's office released this statement:

"Mr. Gowdy is grateful to the Spartanburg Public Safety Department for their help last night and especially for helping make sure his daughter was safe. Given the fact that this is an ongoing investigation with a subsequent prosecution, Mr. Gowdy will not be making any additional comments. You can direct those inquiries to the Spartanburg Public Safety Department or the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office. "

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