Man arrested after threatening couple at mall with gun

From Local Sources

EVANSVILLE — An Evansville man was in taken into custody peacefully Friday tonight after threatening a couple with a handgun inside Eastland Mall.


At approximately 7:30 p.m. CST a uniformed Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office deputy was working an off-duty security job at Eastland Mall when shoppers began directing him towards a disturbance. Bystanders told the deputy that a male suspect had threatened a male and female couple with a handgun.

Police report that the deputy located and detained the suspect and then removed a loaded Glock 9mm handgun from his waistband.

An investigation revealed the suspect, later identified as Brandon Neal Brucken, 32, of Evansville, had approached his ex-wife and her boyfriend as they exited the Foot Locker store inside the mall.

Police say Brucken allegedly struck the boyfriend in the head and then spit in his face.

The confrontation culminated in Brucken producing a handgun, according to police, and allegedly threatening to kill the couple.

Hundreds of bystanders, including children, were in the immediate vicinity of the altercation. Many customers were pulled into back rooms of stores as the situation unfolded and active shooter protocol was enacted.

Brucken was transported to the Sheriff's Operations Center where he was interviewed by detectives. Police say Brucken admitted to attacking his ex-wife's boyfriend and displaying a loaded handgun.

Brucken currently holds a valid Indiana License to Carry a Handgun, police say.

Brucken was later lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail and awaits an initial court appearance on Monday.

He is preliminarily charged with two counts of Level 5 felony intimidation with a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery by bodily waste, a Class A misdemeanor of battery and a Class B misdemeanor of disorderly conduct.

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