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A judge ordered Tuesday morning that a Mechanicsville man remain in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $10,000 bond on two charges of reckless endangerment in court papers alleging he fired a shotgun the day before outside his home.
Joshua Alan Moore, 23, was standing near his mother shortly before noon Monday when he fired the 20-gauge weapon into the air at their residence located off Mechanicsville Road, charging papers allege, and when he heard police sirens, he went into the woods behind the home, still carrying the weapon.
The suspect’s mother told police that he was “extremely irate” and might have more ammunition, and the law officers set up a perimeter around the area before the suspect was taken into custody without incident about two hours later, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Douglas Harris. An unloaded shotgun was found in a field behind the residence.
Moore was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for an emergency evaluation, court papers state, before he was incarcerated in the county jail.
Charging papers state that Moore’s conduct endangered his mother, Mary Jane Moore, and her sister, Charlotte Ballew, who was on the back deck of her adjacent home when she heard the shotgun blast and ran inside for cover.
The suspect earlier was on the phone in his home arguing with someone about his child, court papers state, and he grabbed the gun and went outside, followed by his mother as she tried to calm him down.