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A Missouri woman was told to wait in line at the DMV. She got angry and fired a gun, reports say

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Published 12:04 a.m. ET July 11, 2019

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A Missouri woman is in jail after officials say she fired a handgun after becoming impatient with the line at a DMV office, according to reports. 

Vanessa Richey, 34, allegedly was annoyed by the long line and was told by a license office employee she’d have to wait her turn, according to the Kansas City Star

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd told the newspaper in a statement that Richey cursed at staff inside the office, then left, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot into the ground. The incident took place just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

KSHB-TV in Missouri reports a retired police officer who was also at the DMV followed Richey outside. He and another man held Richey at gunpoint until police arrived, according to the station. She was arrested by the Parkville Police Department. 

Richey is charged with making a terrorist threat and unlawful use of a weapon, according to The Star.

The Star, citing court documents, reported Richey walked up to the counter at the DMV and said the president’s life was in danger and that it was a matter of national security that she be helped before everyone else. 

She pushed a printer off the counter when she was told she’d have to wait, the newspaper said. 

According to online records, Richey is being held in the Platte County Detention Center. 

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