Shot is fired in domestic incident; man is charged

A domestic situation involving with a drunk male with a firearm has led to two charges being filed in Anoka County District Court against a Coon Rapids resident.

Jeffrey Verdi Quittum, 47, was arraigned in court May 7 on a felony reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality charge as well as a misdemeanor domestic assault count. He is due back in court June 6.

Bail was set at $50,000 or Quittum would be released on his own recognizance if he surrendered all his guns to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, which he did.

Conditions of his release include suspension of his gun permit, no use or possession of firearms, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and random urinalysis and breath testing.

The early evening of May 5, Coon Rapids responded to a home on 123rd Avenue on a domestic call and was advised that the woman caller had left the residence, but the male suspect, identified as Quittum, and two other adults, ages 20 and 21, were still inside, according to the complaint.

The woman met police at Sand Creek Elementary School and when officers arrived at the residence, they were able to make contact with those inside and both adults and Quittum exited the home.

The woman alleged that when she came home from being at an urgent care and went into the bedroom to lie down, Quittum, who was drunk, started yelling and ranting, then began hitting the walls and throwing things.

As she was reaching for her keys and purse to leave the residence, the woman alleged that Quittum pushed her to the floor, but she was able to run past him, get into the car and drive out of the garage.

Arriving at Sand Creek Elementary School, the woman was about to call 911 when one of the other adults in the house called her screaming and telling her not to come back because Quittum had allegedly taken a gun from the safe.

The other adult in the house allegedly corroborated the woman’s account of what happened before she left.

Then he alleged Quittum began yelling at him, pacing back and forth and hitting a door in the den, then came out of the den with a pistol in his hand and put it up to his head.

According to the complaint, the male started yelling at Quittum to get the gun away from his head, then Quittum went back into the den and he heard the gun discharge.

The other adult in the house allegedly gave a similar account, stating she saw Quittum in the foyer area of the house with a gun in his hand, then heard it go off after he had gone into the den and closed the door.

In a post-Miranda statement, Quittum allegedly admitted firing the gun while he was in the den, stating he shot at the floor.

He took a preliminary breath test, which allegedly showed a blood-alcohol count of .16.

A 357 Magnum revolver was found by police under the seat cushion of the couch in the den; it had one spent round in the chamber and five live rounds left.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

 

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