TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Bullet grazes woman's leg in Mt. Pleasant Township

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A 44-year-old man was arrested for allegedly firing a shot from a handgun, grazing a woman's leg, during a domestic quarrel in Mt. Pleasant Township late Monday.

William F. Morrison Jr. was arraigned on Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment filed by state Trooper John Zalich in response to the incident at an apartment on Clay Avenue about 11 p.m.

Police said Morrison has no known address but has lived in Arnold and Mt. Pleasant Township.

The woman told police she and Morrison quarrelled Monday afternoon and he left before returning about 10 p.m. Morrison left again and went to a nearby residence, where, the woman said, she heard a gunshot. She learned Morrison had fired a shot into the air, police said.

When Morrison returned, he and the woman began quarrelling again, and he threatened her with a small-caliber handgun with a pink handle that he pulled from his waistband, police said.

Zalich said the pair continued arguing until a woman the alleged victim didn't know arrived to pick up Morrison.

As Morrison was leaving, he pulled out the handgun again and fired at the victim, “grazing her on the left upper leg area,” the trooper said.

“The victim said Morrison walked out of the house but returned a short time later and checked on the victim and said, ‘I just grazed you, put some peroxide on it,' and he left again,” Zalich wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Police said the alleged victim's two children were asleep upstairs when the shooting occurred.

Troopers found Morrison Tuesday afternoon. He was arraigned before Norvelt District Judge Roger Eckels and ordered held in the county prison. having failed to post $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Ligonier Valley YMCA marks start of 32,000-square-foot expansion
  2. Lineup released for Greensburg concert series
  3. Westmoreland officials fear loss of impact fees
  4. Women to stand trial in theft of drugs from Norwin Pharmacy
  5. Fracking foes pack zoning discussion in Ligonier Township
  6. Budget work ahead for Southmoreland School District
  7. Mt. Pleasant known for backing military, glass industries, health care
  8. Hempfield to give $13K to Greensburg Hempfield Area Library
  9. Ex-Hempfield vet clinic worker charged in theft of $269K
  10. Geneva College student died of heart-related natural causes, coroner says
  11. Westmoreland drug task force plans fundraising efforts