Man who pointed gun at group sentenced
Huntingtown resident gets six months
Following a February incident where he aimed a cocked shotgun at a group of people composed of at least six juveniles, a Huntingtown man will serve six months in the Calvert County Detention Center.
Nathan Cameron Coates, 55, was indicted on charges of first-degree assault, use of a firearm during a felony or violent crime, possession of a rifle/shotgun with a felony conviction, possession of a rifle or shotgun by a disqualified person, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and endangering while intoxicated, online court records show.
Officers from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack responded to the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road Feb. 19 for the report of a domestic dispute and second-degree assault, previous reports detail.
Tfc. James Warrick made contact with Coates, who said he was leaving and had been
arguing with his son. Coates had bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech, and he refused to speak further about the incident, according to previous reports. A strong odor of alcohol was detected on Coates’ breath and person.
Warrick then made contact with the victim, who said he got into a heated argument with Coates regarding his reported infidelity. The victim called the police and reported a knife in Coates’ possession, prompting Coates to retrieve a shotgun from inside the residence, the reports detail.
The victim said Coates pointed the shotgun at a group of nine people who
were standing in front of the neighbor’s house before subsequently loading the firearm and cocking it. The family was outside the residence preparing for a kickball game when the incident occurred. Among the group was a 12-year-old, an 8-year-old, two 6-year-olds and two 2-year-olds, the court records detail.
A short time later, the victim’s uncle walked
over, took the shotgun from Coates and locked it in a nearby shed, according to the reports. The uncle retrieved the Springfield Armory model 67 series E shotgun from the shed and turned it over to Warrick, adding he could not find any ammunition. The shotgun appeared unloaded at first glance, but the fore-end was forward, the magazine was empty and the bolt was
The firearm was taken to the barrack and disassembled to ensure it was rendered safe prior to packaging. A shotgun shell was still in the chamber, but the weapon was unable to be disassembled enough to safely remove the shell to determine if it was live or spent, previous reports state.
Coates submitted to a preliminary breath test, which elicited a .16 breath alcohol concentration, and was subsequently taken to the detention center. He was given a $20,000 bail at his Feb. 21 bail review, which he posted that day.
A guilty plea was entered by Coates to the possession of a shotgun after having a disqualify- ing conviction that prohibits him from possessing a firearm on Aug. 4. Court records show that Coates is disqualified from possessing a rifle or shotgun for this charge as well as a reckless endangerment charge from 2015, two second-degree assaults from 1997 and 1998, a battery incident from 1993 and reckless endangerment in 1991.
A pre-sentence investigation was completed before Coates’ Oct. 27 sentencing where he was dealt an 18-month sentence with all but six months suspended. The shotgun was also forfeited as part of the plea. Coates will be on three years of supervised probation upon his release.