$1M bond sought for 80-year-old KC businessman charged in shooting at suspected thief

David Jungerman talks about location of his van on day of Brookside fatal shooting

Police said Thursday that Jungerman was not a suspect in the fatal shooting of Tom Pickert.
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Police said Thursday that Jungerman was not a suspect in the fatal shooting of Tom Pickert.

An 80-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with shooting at another man he suspected of stealing metal pipes from his business.

Jackson County prosecutors are requesting a bond of $1 million for David G. Jungerman of Raytown. He is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with fourth-degree assault, armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Jungerman was the subject of much media speculation last fall after a Kansas City attorney, Tom Pickert, was fatally shot outside of his Brookside home.

But Kansas City police told The Star that he was not a suspect in Pickert's killing, which remains unsolved.

On Friday, a Barton County Circuit Court judge ordered Jungerman's $25,000 bond revoked on 2016 first-degree attempted burglary and harassment charges.

The new incident allegedly occurred Thursday outside a Northeast Kansas City recycling business.

According to court documents, Jungerman called police to report that someone was stealing metal pipes from his business in the 100 block of Belmont Avenue. He then told police that he had followed the suspected thieves to the recycling business.

Jungerman allegedly said that he was armed. The 911 call taker could hear yelling and arguing in the background.

Video surveillance later retrieved from the recycling business showed Jungerman remove a handgun from his jacket and point it at one victim multiple times, according to court records.

After he pointed the gun near the victim's face, the victim turned and ran away. At one point a shot was fired. Jungerman then pointed the weapon at another victim, a woman, while he appeared to try to pull her from a vehicle, court records say.

Jungerman told police that he fired a shot as a warning after the man "came at him."

"Missing him would have hurt my pride," Jungerman said, according to the court documents.

Police recovered a .38-caliber revolver with one spent shell casing and four live rounds from Jungerman's vehicle.

Last summer, Pickert, a personal injury lawyer, won a $5.75 million judgment against Jungerman. Pickert was representing a homeless man, one of four people Jungerman had shot within a month in 2012 at his baby furniture business. Jungerman was never charged with a crime in those shootings. He said he fired in self-defense and thought the men were trying to steal copper.

Last October, Jackson County court officials initiated the process of seizing Jungerman's real estate to pay the judgment. The court filed paperwork that would prevent him from selling or transferring the property.

The next week, on Oct. 25, Pickert was shot. Jungerman speculated that publicity from the $5.75 million judgment wrongly made him a suspect in Pickert's death.

Witnesses told investigators that a white van and an older, gray-haired man were at the scene of the shooting, according to court records. Jungerman said his van had been parked on his property that entire day.

Separately, Jungerman was set to go on trial on March 5 on a property damage charge after he was accused of keying a vehicle in Raytown last year. But Jungerman pleaded guilty to the charge on March 5 and was ordered to pay $750 in restitution, according to court records.