TN 90-year-old threatens to kill neighbor over leaves

Posted at 10:41 AM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 15:14:05-04

MEMPHIS, TN — A squabble between neighbors in Tennessee reached a boiling point Thursday when one of them allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to kill the other.

The reason? Leaves in a yard.

Bessie Bowen walked out of jail, released on her own recognizance just hours after she was booked on some violent charges.

The 90-year-old is accused of getting into an argument with her neighbor on LaRose Thursday afternoon over some leaves in her yard.

Police said it escalated quickly when the grandmother grabbed a gun, aimed it at her neighbor and threatened to shoot.

The neighbor told officers that she captured it all on camera.

"I never knew her to do nothing like that, though. I was kind of shocked," a neighbor said.

The neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, didn't want to say much about the situation, just that he's known Miss Bowen for years.

"She always has been serious about her yard. I never had a problem with her. I never seen or heard about her doing anything like that," said the neighbor.

Bowen's family didn't want to comment.

The feud has been going on since last June, when the neighbor obtained an order of protection against Bowen.

Neighbors seem to be aware the problems and hope they're resolved without anyone else going to jail.

"I hope they don't send that lady to jail. She's an old lady. Just serious about her yard," said a neighbor.

Bowen was charged with aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection.