In­dian Head man fires gun in­side of home af­ter ar­gu­ment

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By DEJA ROSS dross@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @De­jaSoMdNews

Joseph Rus­sell Gill Sr., 58, of In­dian Head has been charged with first-de­gree as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment af­ter al­legedly fir­ing a gun in­side his home dur­ing an ar­gu­ment with his wife, ac­cord­ing to Charles County Dis­trict Court doc­u­ments.

On Oct. 22 at 11:39 p.m., Deputy Mohler re­sponded to re­ports of gun­shots at a home in the 5500 block of Ma­son Springs Road in In­dian Head. The caller ad­vised she heard ar­gu­ing up­stairs in the res­i­dence and heard nu­mer­ous gun­shots. The caller told po­lice she left the res­i­dence af­ter hear­ing items be­ing bro­ken and loud mu­sic.

Upon leav­ing, the caller said they wit­nessed a ve­hi­cle leav­ing the res­i­dence in what was de­scribed as a farm-style truck, with a “primer” color.

When Mohler ar­rived on the scene, he heard a loud yell from an­other of­fi­cer on the scene. A white male with long hair was stand­ing at the wood line, yelling at a wo­man at the res­i­dence. Deputies drew their guns and com­manded the man to show his hands and lay down on the ground. The man ini­tially failed to obey com­mands given by of­fi­cers but even­tu­ally com­plied and was taken into cus­tody.

It was later dis­cov­ered that the man was Gill. Gill al­legedly con­fessed he fled the area af­ter the in­ci­dent but re­turned when he saw po­lice come to the res­i­dence. He parked his truck at the end of the drive­way and walked back to the res­i­dence, stand­ing at the wood line to ob­serve what was go­ing on, un­til of­fi­cers lo­cated him.

Gill and the vic­tim, his wife, had been ar­gu­ing.

Gill left for work and re­turned on Oct. 23. At 7:30 p.m., Gill and the vic­tim be­gan drink­ing al­co­hol. The vic­tim told po­lice Gill con­sumed a pint of Crown Royal prior to the go­ing to bed in their bed­room. Af­ter lay­ing down, the vic­tim told of­fi­cers Gill got out of bed and al­legedly be­gan yelling at her and ac­cus­ing her of cheat­ing on him. Gill ex­ited the bed­room and went to the first floor of the res­i­dence. The vic­tim fol­lowed Gill and they both con­tin­ued ar­gu­ing.

The vic­tim told of­fi­cers she went back into the bed­room and heard Gill break­ing items in­side their home. She heard mul­ti­ple gun­shots com­ing from the lower level of the res­i­dence, which she be­lieved to be a .22 cal­iber ri­fle which Gill leaves be­side the back door to the res­i­dence. Gill then came up­stairs, with­out the firearm, doc­u­ments re­port, and al­legedly kicked in the bed­room door.

Gill en­tered and re­trieved his money from the room and left.

When Mohler en­tered the res­i­dence, he ob­served ap­prox­i­mately 10 to 12 holes in the ceil­ing on the sec­ond floor and found a .22 cal­iber ri­fle be­side the back door of the res­i­dence, along with nu­mer­ous spent shell cas­ing ly­ing on the floor in the kitchen, foyer and stairs of the res­i­dence.

Gill was ar­rested, charged and taken to the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

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