9 yrs dealt for threats against cops
H-town man aimed shotgun at deputies
A Huntingtown man who pointed his shotgun at deputies and threatened to “shoot it out” with them in January was sentenced to nine active years of incarceration last week in circuit court.
Douglas Eugene Jones, 53, was indicted on double counts of first-degree assault and a single count of illegally possessing a shotgun as a felon, according to court records.
The Calvert County Control Center was contacted via telephone around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 2 with a report that Jones was at a residence on the 200 block of Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown causing a disturbance. The caller said Jones was in possession of a gun and told police he had a physical domestic incident with at least one person in the residence, charging documents state.
The caller said Jones retrieved a shotgun from a garage on the property and attempted to enter the home. Officers established a perimeter around the residence
when they arrived after observing Jones walking around the property with a shotgun. Authorities identified themselves as law enforcement and ordered Jones to put his weapon down several times, according to the documents.
Jones walked down the
driveway toward officers several times, pointing his firearm at three or more officers from both the sheriff’s office and Maryland State Police. Additional officers arrived on scene and demanded Jones drop the weapon. After 20 minutes, he dropped his gun and laid on the ground, at which time he was arrested. The shotgun was loaded with three rounds in the chamber and in the gun’s inter-
Officers noticed the strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person, along with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Jones was transported to the sheriff’s office at 3:49 p.m. and placed in a cell, according to the documents.
A detective with the sheriff’s office entered the cell block at 4:30 p.m., attempting to interview Jones. Due to the strong
odor of alcohol in the area, the officer called Jones’ name, prompting him to abruptly stand up and say expletives, refusing to talk to the detective, the documents detail.
Jones continued talking, although the detective reported not being able to understand anything he said except a request for a beer. After searching Jones’ name in the departmental database,
authorities saw he is prohibited from possessing a firearm for a 2003 third-degree sex offense he pled guilty to in circuit court.
With Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura Martin (R) prosecuting, Jones pled guilty to first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm after conviction of a disqualifying crime April 28 in circuit court. A pre-sentence in- vestigation was completed before his sentencing.
Last Friday, Jones received 18 years of incarceration with all but eight years suspended for the assault charge, along with a consecutive four years of incarceration with all but one year suspended for the firearm violation. Following his nine-year prison sentence, Jones will be on five years of supervised probation.