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Police: South Union man fired assault rifle in basement to 'blow off some steam'

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Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A Fayette County man told police he was angry and needed to “blow off some steam” when he fired three shots into his basement floor early Wednesday after arguing with his girlfriend, police said.

Walter Everett Richardson III, 26, of South Union allegedly fired an AR-15 rifle about 2:20 a.m. while a 4-month-old baby was inside, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The girlfriend and a 2-year-old child were outside when the shots were fired and when police arrived.

State troopers and Uniontown police officers recovered the firearm from the basement, but no one was inside.

Investigators canvassed the area, but Richardson turned himself in at the Uniontown police department.

Richardson told a city officer that he argued with the woman but didn't hit her, according to the affidavit.

“Richardson also related that he was so upset over the situation that he had went to the basement to get away,” Trooper Jason Delaini wrote in the complaint.

The argument apparently started about 2 a.m. when, the woman told police, Richardson returned home from a bar.

The woman told police that Richardson punched her in the face, head and arms. The infant and the other child were not harmed, police said.

Richardson is charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of children and single counts of terroristic threats, harassment and simple assault.

He is being held in the Fayette County Prison on $75,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Wednesday before South Union District Justice Wendy Dennis.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer at Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374.

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