Ellsworth man charged after allegedly firing gun during domestic dispute

Jherryd Carroll
Hancock County Sheriff's Office
Jherryd Carroll
Posted Oct. 13, 2011, at 2:14 p.m.

HANCOCK, Maine — An Ellsworth man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly fired a pistol into the air during a domestic dispute at a house on Washington Junction Road, according to state police.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday and resulted in part of the road, which connects Main Street in Ellsworth to Route 1 in Hancock, being closed to traffic for more than half an hour.

Jherryd Carroll, 23, of Ellsworth, is facing charges of reckless conduct with a firearm, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, criminal restraint, domestic violence terrorizing and violating conditions of release, Trooper David Barnard of Maine State Police said Thursday.

According to Barnard, a 29-year-old woman had barricaded herself in a bathroom at the residence after she and Carroll began to argue. Carroll then allegedly forced his way into the bathroom, he said. Neither Carroll nor the woman live at the house but were visiting a man who does.

After forcing his way into the bathroom, Carroll allegedly loaded a handgun and then would not let the woman leave, the trooper said. Carroll then went outside the home and allegedly fired two shots into the air, he said.

The man who lives at the home already had run across the street to a neighbor’s house and told them to call 911. The neighbor did so, but after hearing the gunshots moments later, called back to tell police that a weapon had been fired across the street, according to Barnard.

Several troopers already were in the area and arrived at the home a few minutes after hearing that shots had been fired, Barnard said. When they arrived, Carroll was coming out of the house and was unarmed. He was immediately taken into custody and placed under arrest.

Police confiscated a .22-caliber pistol that Carroll allegedly fired into the air and a military rifle that he is believed to have picked up and handled during the incident, according to Barnard. Both guns belong to the homeowner, the trooper said.

Carroll was still being held Thursday at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, Barnard said. He said Carroll is expected to appear before a judge on Friday.

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