Marlborough Police arrested a Sumneytown man and charged him with recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and disorderly conduct after he got involved in his neighbors’ domestic dispute Jan. 9.
Police said Tom Huguenin, 66, of the 3100 block of Main Street, fired his 9mm pistol into the ground while confronting his next door neighbor, who was allegedly involved in a verbal domestic dispute with his girlfriend around 6:48 p.m.
According to court documents, the man and his girlfriend were involved in the dispute when the woman reportedly fled the residence and her boyfriend followed. Huguenin and his wife reportedly let the woman into their home. That’s when Huguenin reportedly took the law into his own hands.
According to a statement given by the man involved in the dispute, Huguenin confronted him on his property and pointed a gun at him, repeatedly ordering him to get down on his knees. When the man refused to comply, Huguenin allegedly put a round in the gun’s chamber.
When the man realized it was his neighbor, and not police, he turned his back on Huguenin to get into his car.
Police said Huguenin then fired his weapon into the ground. The male victim said Huguenin was standing at his car trunk when he pulled the trigger.
The man reportedly jumped into his car and laid across the front seats before he eventually left the scene, telling police during an interview he “was scared to death.”
Several area police departments assisted at the scene including Upper Perk, Lower Salford, Pennsylvania State Police and Telford Borough.
A Douglass Township (Mont.) police officer, responding to the Marlborough call of shots fired, was involved in a collision at Route 663 and Hoffmansville Road in New Hanover around 7 p.m. Police said the officer and the other driver suffered injuries, but were treated and later released from an area hospital.
Huguenin was charged Jan. 15 in Red Hill District Court. His arraignment was not scheduled as of press time.