Gun fired after Douglass Township domestic dispute


By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 12:50 pm on Thursday, December 08, 2011

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Snyder, Deputy Jamie Medler, Staff Sgt. Brian Waber and Deputy Kevin Germain convene while investigating a shooting on Briggs Road in Douglass Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP — A man fired a gun after a domestic disturbance in Douglass Township on Wednesday.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Waber said a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing in a mobile home around 10:40 a.m. at 5414 W. Briggs Road when a gun discharged.

The girlfriend left the residence during the argument and headed to a neighbor’s house when her boyfriend armed himself with a rifle. She heard a gunshot as she was reaching the neighbor’s house.

Her boyfriend shot one round through an interior wall and it lodged in another wall. Nobody was injured.

“He did discharge one round through the home, which definitely causes a serious safety concern for people inside the home, neighbors or people driving by on the road,” Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said.

The girlfriend left the neighbor’s house and returned to her home before police arrived.

Deputies closed Briggs Road and surrounded the suspect’s home when they arrived. They used a loudspeaker to coax the couple from the residence.

“The situation was very tense when deputies arrived,” Bellinger said. “It was a very serious situation that the deputies handled very well.”

The boyfriend, whose name has not been released, was arrested at the scene. He will be arraigned today or Thursday in 64B District on weapons charges.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.

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