Waldorf woman charged with shooting at husband
A Waldorf woman has been charged with assault after reportedly shooting at her husband at their home on July 4.
Kendall Joyce Callahan, 52, has been charged with firearm use, reckless endangerment, and first- and second-degree assault.
According to court documents, on the evening of July 4, both Kendall and Ronald Callahan had family members visiting their Waldorf home and during the visit, Ronald observed that Kendall was consuming a large quantity of alcohol.
Ronald asked Kendall to stop, and the two began to argue, according to court documents.
After family members left, Ronald went to his bedroom to sleep to further avoid a confrontation with his wife. Later, he woke up to his wife standing next to the bed, allegedly aiming a silver pistol at his head, according to court records. She stood next to the bed for several moments before saying, “Don’t you ever embarrass me in front of my family.” Ronald laid motionless and was able to look down the barrel of the gun and see that it was loaded. In an attempt to calm his wife down, he raised both hands and sat up with his back against the headboard of the bed. He gestured that he meant no harm, and that is when the woman allegedly fired a shot about a foot above the headboard.
Ronald tried to get his phone to call the police while Kendall allegedly continued to point the gun at him. He attempted to call 911, but before he could talk to an operator, Kendall said, “If you call the police, I will tell them that you shot the gun,” according to court records. Kendall then tossed the gun on the bed and her husband hung up the phone. She then left the bedroom then went downstairs.
The 911 call prompted the Charles County Sheriff’s Office to go to the residence, and during a conversation with deputies, Ronald didn’t tell police anything about the incident, saying he was afraid of “getting charged with something he didn’t do,” according to court records.
On July 11, he contacted the sheriff’s office to report the alleged events that took place on July 4. In his statement to police, he told police that his wife was drinking and that he was afraid of what could have happened.
Kendall was arrested and while she was being arrested, she allegedly said, “I was extremely drunk that day and I don’t remember what happened.”
Three firearms were located by police in one of the bedrooms and police did discover a hole in the stairwell which was directly behind the master bedroom. A bullet had entered the wall in the bedroom, passed through the wall and remained lodged in the stairwell wall.
After a bond hearing, Kendall Callahan was released on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 9.