A Wareham man allegedly fired a rifle at 2 officers, 2 civilians


An incident involving an alleged trespasser Friday afternoon in Wareham led to 2 officers and two civilians being fired at by a person in possession of a rifle, in response to the police division.

No one was injured within the gunfire, and police have been capable of take a 40-year-old West Wareham man into custody in reference to the incident, police said in a news release.

Gregory W. Schroth, of Reed Road, is being charged with 4 counts of assault with intent to homicide, possession of a firearm and not using a firearms identification (FID) card, possession of ammunition with out an FID card, and discharging a firearm inside 500 toes of a dwelling, the discharge mentioned. Schroth was held on the Wareham Police Headquarters on $50,000 bail; his arraignment was scheduled for Monday in Wareham District Court.

A rifle and ammunition confiscated by Wareham police. —Wareham Police Department

“We had a very serious situation where two civilians and two police officers were in grave danger,” Wareham Police Chief John Walcek mentioned within the launch. “The positive outcome of this incident is the result of a disciplined and professional response by two of Wareham’s finest officers.”

Two officers have been despatched to County Road Recycling on County Road round 1:35 p.m. for a report of a person trespassing. The officers didn’t discover the person after they carried out a search upon arrival.

The officers have been talking to the complainants when three gun photographs went off, and police “realized that they were all being fired upon,” the discharge mentioned.

In heading to the world the place the photographs had come from, the officers noticed a person carrying a rifle on Reed Road, in response to the discharge. One of the officers ordered the person to drop the rifle, however he didn’t. The officer then pulled out his service weapon and demanded the person drop the rifle. The man reportedly nonetheless didn’t drop the rifle and walked towards a camper.

According to the discharge, the identical officer then made his strategy to the person together with his service weapon pointed at him and the opposite officer backing him up. Schroth then reportedly put the rifle down contained in the camper door. Police arrested Schroth and took the rifle. They additionally discovered a field with 500 rounds of .22 caliber rifle ammunition, in response to the discharge.