Broken Arrow man who entered AT&T with weapons pleads not guilty
By John Dobberstein, Editor
The Broken Arrow man arrested after walking into an AT&T store possessing an assault rifle, pistol and metal knuckles had his initial court appearance this week and a plea of not guilty was entered.
Zachary Morrissey, 26, faces charges of unlawfully carrying a firearm, possession of explosives without a permit and carrying a weapon with prohibited ammunition. A jury trial has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and Morrissey’s bond was set at $10,000. He has been assigned a public defender, Tulsa County court records show.
The explosives charge mentioned in court records was not mentioned in police information that was released last week.
Morrissey set off a flurry of phone calls to police on June 13 after witnesses said he showed up armed at several locations. Some of the information was later clarified by Broken Arrow police.
Around 11:52 a.m. that day, a Broken Arrow city employee called 911 to report “witnessing someone who they believed to be armed approaching the Broken Arrow Justice Center,” police said. Witnesses said Morrissey was at the jail on legitimate business, but Broken Arrow police said when they arrived he was unarmed and not breaking the law.
“At no time did he attempt to enter the building with any kind of gun,” police clarified. “He properly secured his firearms in the trunk of the vehicle that he arrived in prior to approaching the building.”
Officers responding 6 minutes later “interacted” with Morrissey, who was interacting with jail staff via intercom prior to police arrival and was cooperative with responding officers. He left the area without further incident and had committed no crime, the department said.
For reasons unknown to police, Morrissey’s driver chose to leave him at Lynn Lane Road and Hillside Drive. “At this point he was armed with what appeared to be an AR-15-style rifle and was visibly carrying a revolver in a holster,” police said.
At 12:46 p.m., Morrissey walked towards the Target store located near 1100 East Hillside Drive. Broken Arrow police received calls about a man with a gun headed towards Target. A different set of BAPD officers contacted Morrissey near the entrance doors to Target.
“He was again cooperative and officers determined that he was not breaking the law,” the release said. “There were no reports of him attempting to enter Target. Officers warned Morrisey that his presence would inevitably lead to more calls,” but no crime had occurred.
Morrissey then walked over to a nearby AT&T store and entered with his rifle, and a holstered revolver. Police said his attire and armed presence led to another series of 911 calls.
Between initial contact with Morrisey at the Justice Center and final contact with him at AT&T, “we were able to confirm the existence of a newly entered misdemeanor warrant from that morning,” Broken Arrow police said, although the nature of the warrant wasn’t mentioned in the news release and doesn’t appear in court records.
Morrisey was arrested for the warrant just before 1:30 p.m. During this arrest, officers discovered Morrisey was further armed with a set of metal knuckles, which is a violation of state and city law. He also had a .50-caliber semi-automatic pistol concealed in one of his pouches and not in a holster.