Alleged Jeannnette shooting attempt thwarted by safety mechanism
A Jeannette man's alleged attempt at shooting an adversary was averted on Saturday when he apparently failed to disengage a safety mechanism, according to police.
The 23-year-old male victim told city police that “he heard a click and then realized the gun did not fire,” according to a criminal complaint filed on Sunday against Joseph Raymond Good Jr., 28.
Good was lodged in the Westmoreland County Prison on Sunday on $50,000 bail on attempted homicide and related charges. He did not have an attorney listed on online court documents.
Saturday's alleged attempted shooting stemmed from an incident at Good's home at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday.
Good told police that three men had shot at his house five times. A bullet struck a friend who was inside and later was treated at Excela Health-Westmoreland Hospital for injuries not detailed by police, according to a police report.
No charges have been filed in Wednesday's incident, but Good told police that he believes he knew who the suspects were.
Good allegedly sought retribution at 3:41 p.m. Saturday, when police said he confronted a man he believed was involved in shooting at Good's house. According to an affidavit of probable cause, the victim called police to report that Good was armed and threatening him near the intersection of Clay Avenue and South Seventh Street.
As they were responding, police watched the confrontation, according to the complaint.
“I noticed ... Good extend his arm and point at (the victim),” wrote Patrolman Justin Scalzo. “I then noticed (the victim) jump back and swing at Good.”
The pair fled on Clay Avenue, and Scalzo chased and tackled Good.
According to a criminal complaint, police found a .22-caliber pistol in Good's pocket and placed the suspect in a patrol car. The firearm had one live round loaded in the chamber and the safety was still engaged, police said.
Another man told police that he was threatened by Good in the same area prior to the alleged attempted shooting, according to the complaint.
Found in Good's possession was suspected crack cocaine, police said.
Good is up against charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms carried without a license, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, resisting arrest and two counts of terroristic threats.
A Thursday preliminary hearing is scheduled before District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.