A doctor was charged with a felony in South Carolina on Saturday.
Charleston Police said Dr. Gary Boyle, 62 of Blountville, pointed a gun at three abortion protesters near the back entrance of the Charleston's Women's Medical Center.
According to the police report, Boyle works at the center. He also practices medicine at the Bristol Regional Women's Center in Tennessee.
Both offices are the focus of a 40-day protest by anti-abortion activists.
A national organization called '40 Days for Life' started their vigil outside Boyle's Bristol office on September 22nd. Organizer Linda Edwards said she plans to continue through the end of October.
"[The Charleston group] were doing what they were supposed to be doing in a peaceful vigil," Edwards said. "That is, praying peacefully without interaction with doctors and nurses who are part of an abortion clinic."
The police report lists three victims: 50-year-old John Karafa, 60-year-old Kenneth Ray Collins, and a male juvenile.
"[The victims] stated they were standing at the back entrance of the building, waiting to hand out their religious literature," police said.
"The victims advise that the offender pointed a firearm at them from inside his vehicle," police said.
Boyle could not be reached for comment Monday. His office declined comment.
Boyle told police he drew the gun because he felt threatened.
"The offender admitted that he presented the firearm because he was in fear of his and his wife's life," police said.
Collins disagreed with Boyle's version of their encounter. He said Boyle approached the group of protestors.
"I offered literature to the approaching car," Collins said. "Then I saw that I was looking down the barrel of a handgun," he said.
Collins said the protest group was standing on the public right of way. Boyle could have called the office security guard if he felt threatened, he said.
"The guard sometimes stands and talks with us," Collins said.
Boyle was charged with 'pointing a firearm at any person,' a felony in South Carolina. It carries a maximum prison term of five years.
Boyle is scheduled to appear in Charleston County Criminal Court on December 17th, 2010. He is free on a $25,000 bond.
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