Gun-Wielding Wyckoff Man Threatens to Kill Family, Police Say

Man was charged with making terroristic threats and unlawful possession of a gun, police said.

Bushman.Credit: Mahwah Police.
Bushman.Credit: Mahwah Police.

A Wyckoff man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats in Mahwah Tuesday after allegedly showing family members his gun and threatening to shoot them all, Mahwah Police Chief Jim Batelli said Wednesday.

According to Batelli, Joshua Bushman, 25, of Wyckoff, was working on renovating a home in North Haledon before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when he got into a verbal fight and "violent physical altercation" with his uncle. The uncle, who suffered minor injuries from the fight, then drove to Bushman's father's business in Mahwah, Cedar Hill Nursery, police said.

Bushman followed him, and at the nursery continued the argument, shouted profanities, and lifted up his sweatshirt to reveal a Glock handgun that was tucked in his pants waistband, Batelli said.

Bushman threatened to shoot the entire family, Batelli said. A verbal argument continued until Bushman got into his red pick-up and drove away, police said.

Mahwah and Wyckoff Police responded to Bushman's home in Wyckoff, where he lives with his fiancé, Batelli said. Bushman told cops his uncle had assaulted him, but admitted to having handguns and rifles in his house, Batelli said. The Glock was seized as evidence, police said.

Bushman was arrested and charged with terroristic threats, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, Batelli said. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, police said.

"The argument was really not over anything very serious, as far as we could tell," Batelli said.

"It was a small verbal argument that escalated into something much bigger."

Jim February 12, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Another example of guns escalating a minor argument into a potentially deadly one.
Lyn morales February 12, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Another example of an " unlawful" gun- its time focus was placed on getting illegal guns - not disarming citizens. After Boston Bombing citizens were on lockdown unarmed and armed men were on the loose- POLICE cant be everywhere. Kenyan mall attack - citizens were unharmed in the mall. Most murders and violent crime are committed by criminals with illegal guns. Good citizens have the right to bear . arms . With the exception of gun free zones - gun crime is far less in states where the criminals do not know who is caring protection. Common sense.
Lorraine February 13, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Sounds like a privileged, spoiled young man to me. Get the Draft back and teach these young men especially some real respect and responsibility, discipline wouldn't hurt either. Do as other countries do. Your born into this country and should serve it for at least 2 years. No gender restrictions.
getswabbed February 16, 2014 at 07:34 AM
sounds like this young man needs medical attention, I hope he gets it.
JR February 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Lyn Morales, where does it say anywhere in the article that the gun was illegal? Whether a gun is obtained legally or not has no bearing in the position that guns enable adversarial situations to escalate.
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Get the draft back? Is that a joke? have you learned absolutely nothing from the past? Why on earth should we serve our country by fighting its unlawful and unjust wars. Get a clue Lorraine
Antonio February 17, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Christ not another peacenik, Yeah WWII & WWII were unjust too? Educate yourself sonnyboy. (Dealt with this Lib-nut before)
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Lib-Nut? Peacenik? Seriously? because I don't agree with the draft? You are on the wrong side of history my friend. The draft was a total disaster and that is why the USA repealed the draft. There is absolutely no reason that our young men or women should be forced to fight on behalf of their country. If you have to go back to WWI and WWII (the latter of which ended like 80 years ago) to try and justify war, you may want to reassess your position about the draft.
Antonio February 17, 2014 at 04:22 PM
I have butted heads with you before, your thinking is bass ackwards, If nothing else in your mind the draft is character building and something other then "Haning Out" will absolutely build a better youth. You still seem to be minus the slightest be of common sense. I say the masses are with me.
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 04:59 PM
For starters, I have never butted heads with you before. I would remember somebody who resorts to name-calling because he doesn't know how to prove his point. Moreover, your disdain for young people is remarkable and proves my point why youth shouldn't be forced to do something that some out-of-touch old man believes is in their best interest. Based upon your last response, which reads like an illiterate middle-schooler, it appears that you believe most youth do nothing but hang out and lack character. Perhaps you should try and understand the youth of this country instead of mocking them and telling them that they must build character. Not all young men and women are like the individual in this article. In fact, the overwhelming majority are law abiding citizens that don't pull out a gun during a family argument. The reason why the draft didn't work was because the young men and women of this country didn't like some old congressmen sending them off to fight wars that they didn't believe in or were unjust. History has already proven that the masses aren't on your side... that's exactly why we don't have a draft today. Young people are sick of old people telling them what they must do, especially when it involves putting their life on the line for a cause they don't believe in.
Antonio February 17, 2014 at 05:32 PM
No my distain is for individuals like you who would probably hightail it to Canada if you were drafted, but I'm possitive you have some mental issues they would catch and you would be 4-f as you are now. You are one oddball. I would bet your looking at yourself in the mirror as you carry on about old men and the youth and what a terrible place America is in your mind, probably from the soap box your standing on, get over your self.
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 05:48 PM
I don't understand why you believe that (1) I would move to Canada; (2) That I have mental issues; or (3) that I think America is a terrible place. All because I don't believe the draft is a good idea? Just face it - You are on the wrong side of history. Nobody wants the draft. You are the only fool that is still pushing for it. The draft was a terrible idea and it was repealed. You're a joke
Antonio February 17, 2014 at 06:13 PM
So much for the name calling, your your own worst enemy. In fact you are the enemy, Professor Briggs. Maybe you could join the "Privileged" John kerry and help him throw his medals over the white house fence.
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 08:07 PM
It's so cute that you can't prove your point. Keep trying... But you will always be on the wrong side of history. The draft!?!?! LOL
Antonio February 17, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Professor Briggs, Here is your assignment for the week, but your assigned word to study for the day is "Insolent" You would be well advised to watch the O'reilly Factor for seven (7) days, relax and be objective, you may learn a thing or two about the real America. Mostly not ever reported in the main stream media. I don't hold out much hope for you, but Good luck with your assignment.
JR February 17, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Really? The MSM talk is kind of tin foil hat stuff... http://www.businessinsider.com/study-watching-fox-news-makes-you-less-informed-than-watching-no-news-at-all-2012-5
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Homework? Really? Have you just given up on trying to prove your point that the draft is a good idea? You are too funny Antonio! LOL As I have said so many times... You are simply on the wrong side of history
JR February 17, 2014 at 08:30 PM
This discussion has actually totally gone off the rails, because the initial poster seemed to be referencing conscription (which still occurs in Israel, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, etc.), not a draft. There is a distinct difference between mandatory military service for all and random selection.
John Briggs February 17, 2014 at 08:52 PM
The original poster specifically stated "get the draft back"
JR February 17, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Yes, they did, but they go on to argue for mandatory service.
Jim February 21, 2014 at 08:04 AM
"Gun control is another word for Muslim terrorism and is a vile and unpatriotic sin." What a ridiculous statement. Actually the whole post is. "Christian race"? What is that?


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