Missouri candidate accused of threatening rival's aide - KMOV.com

Missouri candidate accused of threatening rival's aide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House member Brian Nieves (nee-EH'-vehs) has been accused of threatening an aide to a Republican opponent in last week's state Senate primary.

Twenty-four-year-old Shawn Bell made the allegations in a report he filed with police in the eastern Missouri town of Washington.

Nieves did not immediately return calls seeking comment Monday. He beat Bell's boss, Dick Stratman, and two other Republicans in the Aug. 3 Senate primary.

In his statement to police, Bell says he stopped by Nieves' campaign after the election to offer congratulations.

Bell claims Nieves shouted, slapped him several times, drew a gun from his pocket and said he would kill him. Bell says Nieves later calmed down and said he wouldn't kill him or put him in the hospital.

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