Police: Fistfight leads to gunplay in Elkton
— A teen remained jailed Wednesday after he allegedly fired a handgun inside an Elkton residence during a fight with a rival, whose head was approximately 2 feet away from the weapon when the suspect pulled the trigger, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Elkton Police Department officers responded to the residence in the 300 block of Hollingsworth Manor about 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday after receiving “shots fired” complaints from nearby residents, in addition to the name and a description of the suspect — whom investigators identified as Tamijah Theodore Meade, 17, of the 100 block of Mallard Court in Elkton, police reported.
Meade was standing outside of the house when EPD officers arrived and, after a pat-down search revealed that he was unarmed, they arrested him, police said. Moments later, police added, a handcuffed Meade told officers that he had fired a warning shot after a heated argument with a 21-year-old man at that residence escalated into a fistfight, which Meade was losing.
“Tamijah stated that (the victim) was ‘getting the better of me.’ At this time, Tamijah saw a silver handgun laying on the bed. He grabbed the gun and fired a shot into the mattress to get (the victim) away from him,” EPD Det. Joshua Leffew, lead investigator, wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Tamijah told investigators that the victim “backed away” and ordered him to leave, after the shot rang out, police reported.
The account given by the victim was similar to Tamijah’s version — except for the manner in which Tamijah fired the handgun after finding it on the mattress, according to court records, which indicate that, in the victim’s version, the discharged weapon wasn’t pointed directly down at the mattress.
“After he grabbed the gun, he held the gun up approximately head height and fired a shot into the corner of the room. (The victim) advised the gun was approximately 2 feet from his face when it was fired. After the shot was fired, (the victim) grabbed the gun and pushed it away from his face,” court records allege.
Tamijah left the residence at that point, police reported.
Investigators determined that the bullet had traveled through the mattress and the box spring, before lodging in the carpet and its padding, police reported.
The spent round was recovered but, because it had fragmented, investigators were unable to determine its caliber, police said. Investigators also were unable to recover the handgun that had been used to fire that bullet, police added.
Detectives found a live .38 caliber round in the drawer of a dresser, which was near the bed where Tamijah had grabbed the firearm during the fight, court records show.
Meade, who is scheduled for an Aug. 3 trial, is charged as an adult with seconddegree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence, handgun on person and reckless endangerment, according to court records.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, Meade remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond, court records show.