Gunshots land Dillsboro man in jail

August 22, 2017 GMT

A Dillsboro man faces criminal charges after reports of multiple gunshots Sunday at a home on West Second Street. Justin J. Deckard, 22, faces a Level 6 felony count of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Prosecutors filed charges Monday morning in Jefferson Superior Court. Madison Police Patrolman Phillip Wimpee responded to the 1000 block of West Second Street around 10:50 p.m. on Sunday after a caller reported hearing about six gunshots from a nearby residence. Wimpee located four people on an upstairs porch of the home, the probable cause affidavit stated. The people told officers they heard the gunshots too, but they told officers the sound came from the alley behind the home. The caller told officers he heard gunshots and saw a muzzle flash come from the porch of the home where police responded. The caller also noted four people were on the porch during the shooting. Patrolman Aaron Watson found a .22-caliber shell casing on the upstairs porch, and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Demaree located two other .22-caliber shell casings in the grass below the porch. The resident of the apartment allowed officers to search the residence, and police located a Jimenez Arms .22-caliber handgun in the bathroom area. Officers also located .22-caliber ammunition in the bedroom similar to the shell casings found outside. All four people initially failed to claim fault, but Deckard eventually claimed responsibility for the incident. Police arrested Deckard, who then pulled a cigarette box out of his pocket which contained a multi-colored glass pipe with residue and a small piece of aluminum foil with a substance that field tested positive for marijuana while being handcuffed.