Thomas J. Schilly

A Robertsville man was arrested by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday after he allegedly pulled a gun on a Franklin County building inspector.

Thomas J. Schilly, 70, has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a Class E felony and bond was set at $15,000.

According to County Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer, the incident occurred around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when longtime county employee Phil Pilgram was at the property on Wild Turkey Road doing a final inspection on a house trailer and sewage lagoon.

“There are two trailers on the same parcel,” Griesheimer said. “The homeowner (Schilly) lives in one and the other had been inspected several times by other employees. So, he knew the county would be coming back to do a final.”

Griesheimer said Pilgram arrived at the property and went straight over to inspect the trailer without making contact with Schilly first.

“Our inspector was driving a county truck, wearing a county shirt and county identification badge,” Griesheimer said. “Apparently he was upset the inspector didn’t come to him first.”

Schilly accompanied Pilgram inside the trailer, but he had his hand in his pocket the entire time.

“Once Phil went outside to look at the lagoon he pulled the gun out,” Griesheimer said. “He pointed it at his chest at point blank range. At that point, Schilly was in between Phil and his truck so he couldn’t leave.”

Once Pilgram did get back to his vehicle he went down the road and called the sheriff’s department.

After giving his statement to law enforcement, Pilgrim and the deputies met with Griesheimer at his office in Union.

“We want him prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Griesheimer said. “We are going to back our employees big time. Phil has been through a lot and he sure as hell doesn’t need this.”