A Georgia man filed a complaint with the Lebanon Police Department on Monday claiming a Wilson County commissioner apparently made a threat against him during last month’s Wilson Planning Commission meeting.
Kevin Krueger, of Dallas, Ga., who works for JLA Services Inc., filed the complaint against District 25 Commissioner Randy Hall. JLA Services is a subcontractor for AT&T to do site acquisitions for cellphone towers in Wilson County.
According to the complaint, several community members, including Hall, spoke in opposition to a proposed AT&T cellphone tower off Beckwith Road in Mt. Juliet. Hall’s district includes the area.
The complaint said Hall became increasingly agitated and at one point said, “There will be shotguns at your doors.” The complaint said Hall looked directly at Krueger and Zach Thwaite, who also works for JLA Services, when he made the statement.
“That was just made in jest,” Hall said Tuesday. “You know how you refer to shotgun weddings in the country. That was all I was referring to. There was nothing in my intent whatsoever. There was no threat directed toward him and his company in any way.”
Hall said the statement was taken out of context.
“Of course it was taken out of context,” Hall said. “I was making a point that people do not want the cell towers in their community. I was standing up for the people in my community.
“It was never, ever meant to be a threat. There was no threat against them personally whatsoever.”
Wilson County Planning Commission Director Tom Brashear was listed as a witness in the complaint. Brashear identified Hall when Krueger asked following the meeting and said he heard Hall make the remark.
“I did hear something akin to that,” Brashear said. “I don’t think he meant anything with any malice, but he did say something like that. I do recall there was some reference to shotguns at their doors.”
Brashear said he believed Hall did not intend to make a threat against Krueger.
“I think it was made in the context the towers were going to cause trouble,” Brashear said. “It was said, and I can’t back away from it. I think he just got a little juiced up trying to represent his constituents. I didn’t take it seriously, and I don’t think anyone else in the room did either.”
The complaint said Krueger made the report at the request of AT&T “in an effort to document the incident and deter any further possible aggression…” Krueger did not seek criminal action, according to the complaint.