Sunday, October 31, 2010

Altercation turns violent, shots fired, but no one hit

From The Register-Mail

Police responded to reports of shots fired at 2:46 a.m. Saturday at 798 E. Brooks St.

Gerald Johnson, 32, had entered the address sometime between 1:30 and 2 a.m. to confront his step-son, Christopher Miller, 16, according to police reports. Johnson said he saw four of Miller’s friends attempting to break into the house.

An argument ensued and turned physical, and Johnson allegedly choked Miller and punched him repeatedly in the face. Johnson then left the house, and Miller called his mother and friends.

As Miller’s brother, Ryan Miller, 17, and his friends entered the home, Johnson barged in behind them with his pit bull and punched Jacob Bohn, 29, in the face. The dog also bit Bohn, tearing his pants leg. After a fight, Johnson was subdued.

Christopher Miller, Ryan Miller, Jesse Vogler, 17, and Alex Bushnell, 17, left the residence and got into Bushnell’s car to leave.

Gerald Johnson then pulled out a revolver and pointed it at the residents inside the house. James Raska, 39, attempted to wrestle the gun away from Johnson, who ran outside with it and pointed it at Bushnell’s car, pulling the trigger twice. The gun did not go off, and Johnson proceeded to load it.

Johnson then shot at the car twice as Bushnell drove off, and fired a shot at people standing near the house before leaving the scene. No one was injured by the shots.

Gerald Johnson was arrested at his home at 22 Chestnut St. He was charged with home invasion, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated domestic battery, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of battery.

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