Thursday, May 22, 2014
A tree cutting crew was hired by Berkeley Electric Cooperative to trim trees next to power lines in the Boulder Bluff neighborhood at about 11 a.m. on May 14.
When the crew arrived at a Rosa Gray Lane residence they were surprised to be greeted by the resident with a shotgun, according to a Goose Creek Police Department incident report.
The victim said he and his tree company were forced to use part of the woman’s driveway to drive across part of the property to reach the power lines, which are in the right of way.
After they began trimming trees the man and his coworkers were approached by a 64-year-old woman who was irate because the crew drove across her property without notifying her first, according to the report.
The work crew then left in the work truck to pick up a wood chipper while the supervisor stayed on site.
The victim said he was still standing on the woman’s property when she went inside the residence and came out with a shotgun. The victim said she loaded the shotgun, pointed it at him and demanded he get off her property.
The victim ran to the roadway and contacted his supervisor, who called police.
The woman told police she was not notified anyone was coming to cut down trees and she did not give anyone permission to come onto he property. She said she confronted the crew about not being notified. She said they gave no response, according to the report.
She said she was angry because the workers drove through he yard which destroyed her grass and left holes in the ground. She said she picked up her shotgun but did not point it at anyone, according to the report.
The victim did not wish to press criminal charges. The woman said she spoke with a Berkeley Electric representative who told her any damages to her property would be repaired.
The case was exceptionally cleared.