Wal­dorf woman charged with shoot­ing at hus­band

Maryland Independent - - News - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Cerone_IndyNews

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.

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