Man arrested for unlawful use of a gun and property damage

At approximately 8:17 p.m. Tuesday, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 200 block of South Clark in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  
Responding officers learned that Richard J. Whipple, 40, of Mexico, approached a vehicle with several people inside that was on the parking lot of his business. He told the driver of the vehicle to leave his property, but as the vehicle began to leave he shot the vehicle one time with a handgun he was carrying.
Whipple was arrested and processed at MPSD.  He was later taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond for unlawful use of weapon and second-degree property damage.  There were no injuries from the incident.
Citizens are reminded that people arrested/charged with a crime are simply accused of the crime and are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.