The Edmond Sun

November 12, 2012

Stray gunshot nearly strikes Edmond residents

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Two Edmond residents were reclining on a couch in their second-floor apartment when a shotgun blast went through the floor and nearly struck them, police said.  

Just before midnight on Nov. 7, Edmond Police Officer Tim Harwell was dispatched to 1730 E. Second St., Apt. 302 in reference to shots fired, according to an incident report filed by Harwell. He previously had been to this apartment on calls involving domestic disturbances, according to his incident report.

As Harwell arrived he saw a female identified as a witness exiting the apartment. When he asked her if the male identified as the suspect was home she said he was, police said. He asked her if a gun was fired in her apartment, and she said yes, the report states.

Harwell received consent to go inside to make sure everyone was OK, police said. He found the suspect and told him to come outside and talk with him. The suspect said he was not coming outside, police said.

Harwell entered the apartment and asked him if he had fired a gun; he said he had accidentally fired a shotgun, the report states. After learning where it was located, Harwell found a black 12-gauge pump action shotgun under a bed, police said. No ammunition was chambered, the safety was off and the shotgun smelled as if it had recently been fired, police said.

After Harwell asked the suspect what happened, he said he was sitting on the couch in the living room. When he stood holding the shotgun it slipped from his grasp and landed on the butt, police said. The gun fired into the apartment ceiling, police said.

Harwell saw a spot on the ceiling above the couch that looked as if it had been freshly patched with taping mud, police said.

The suspect kept insisting the gunshot was an accident, police said. When Harwell asked why he did not call the Edmond Police Department he said he told the female witness they should have done so, police said.

While Harwell was talking to the suspect, the officer noticed that he appeared to be intoxicated; his speech was slurred, he was swaying back and forth during a sobriety test, eyes were bloodshot and water and he smelled of an alcoholic beverage, the officer’s report states.

Police said the female was in bed sleeping when she was awakened by the sound of a gun being fired. She said the suspect told her he had accidentally fired it, police said.

Edmond Police Officer Jason Carroll arrived and checked on the occupants in the unit above the apartment, police said. They were lying on the couch when a gun shot came through the floor of the apartment, very close to their couch, police said.

Harwell and Edmond Police Sgt. Derick Pickard, a firearms instructor, found the shotgun to be in proper working order, police said. Pickard confirmed it could not be fired without pulling the trigger. Harwell attempted to make the gun discharge by dropping the butt end on the floor several times; the hammer never dropped on the firing pin, police said.

The suspect’s story “did not make any sense,” Harwell stated in his narrative.

Harwell arrested Grant Samuel Spence, 40, of Edmond, on a felony discharging a firearm complaint, police said. Initial criminal cause paperwork and an affidavit of probable cause were filed Nov. 9 in Oklahoma County District Court. Future court dates have not yet been scheduled, according to online court records.

Spence is incarcerated in the Oklahoma County jail. His bond was set at $25,000. | 341-2121, ext. 108