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Metro man arrested after threatening emergency crews with weapon

OKLAHOMA CITY - EMSA and fire crews were threatened with a weapon by a man who called 911 needing medical help for his wife.

It happened just after 7 a.m. Wednesday at a home near NW Expressway and Rockwell when EMSA and fire crews responded to a check welfare call.

"They had a woman who had fallen and she couldn't get up in her house," Batt. Chief Brad Everett told News 4. "EMSA initially responded, got here. The husband was a little belligerent and not cooperative."

Everett is talking about 54-year-old Eric Peters.

"They were trying to be very polite and get him out of the way. When they tried to walk by him, he became very ballistic, started shoving them and grabbing the gun case and starting unzipping it," Everett said, referring to a pistol case.

"It's important to note, there was not a gun in it. But, at the time, paramedics believed that there probably was," MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department said.

Peters later revealed to crews on scene that there was a knife inside that case and said he was attempting to pull it out, according to fire officials.

Police confiscated several other weapons from Peters' home, including an AR-15.

"We're not used to guns and things like that, dealing with those. So, it is a very scary situation for our folks," Everett said. "When everything is calm at first, and then it escalates like that in the middle of it, it's totally a different situation. We're going in and we don't have anything like that to protect against a gun."

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Peters was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of Assault and Battery on Medical Personnel.