Po­lice: Fist­fight leads to gun­play in Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - & - OBIT­U­ARY POL­ICY By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

ELK­TON

MEADE

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