A Palmyra man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Labor Day incident in which a pickup truck was crashed into a garage — and the homeowner allegedly held the defendant at gunpoint after receiving threats he would be shot.

A Palmyra man pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a Labor Day incident in which a pickup truck was crashed into a garage — and the homeowner allegedly held the defendant at gunpoint after receiving threats he would be shot.

Michael Dunn, of Palmyra, pleaded guilty from a Department of Corrections facility during his arraignment hearing before 10th Circuit Presiding Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra. Dunn will appear by video at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Public Defender Jonathan Hoover represents Dunn. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represents the state.

The charges include one count of second-degree assault by trying to run over a person, one count of property damage, one count of driving while intoxicated by drugs, and one count of fourth-degree assault for threatening to shoot a person.

The charges stem from an incident on Labor Day at a home on Highway E near Palmyra.
According to a probable cause statement, Dunn and a passenger - who the Courier-Post will not identify since he does not yet face charges - contacted the homeowner on his property and allegedly threatened to run him over with a pickup truck. Dunn allegedly accelerated the vehicle towards the homeowner and also identified that he had a firearm and would shoot the homeowner.

The homeowner went into his residence and retrieved a rifle, holding both men until law enforcement arrived. When law enforcement arrived, both men were allegedly kicking the garage door, which Dunn had allegedly struck with the vehicle prior to police arriving on the scene.
Dunn and his passenger were placed under arrest at the scene. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who responded to the scene, Dunn was incoherent, could not sit still and said he couldn’t make his legs work.