The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 27, 2013

Possession of sawed-off shotgun charge is filed

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 42-year-old Enid man was charged this week with possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

A warrant also was issued for the arrest of Robert Lyman Coffee Jr. on Dec. 23, when the charge was filed.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, the charge stems from a Feb. 10 incident in which police were called to Coffee’s residence. Enid Police Department had received reports Coffee may have been suicidal, according to the affidavit. Police went to his residence after Coffee texted a woman a picture of himself with a gun to his chin.

After two hours, Coffee allowed police to take him into protective custody. Officers found a shotgun on a couch inside Coffee’s home, according to the affidavit.

The shotgun was a Mossberg Model 88 12-gauge. The stock had been cut off and the barrel appeared shorter than allowed by law, Officer Aaron Barber wrote in the affidavit.

Barber photographed the shotgun at EPD and noted the barrel appeared “rough and unfinished,” according to the affidavit. The barrel also had tooling marks on the tip where another cut had been attempted.

Barber measured the barrel of the gun, which was 151⁄4 inches long — 23⁄4 inches shorter than allowed by law, according to the affidavit.

Coffee faces up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to two years imprisonment if convicted of the charge. Bond on the warrant for his arrest was set at $1,500.