November 25, 2013

Oakland man charged after shooting ground near woman

Kristian Broz fired a shotgun at the ground outside his trailer during a dispute, police say.

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Staff Writer

OAKLAND — A man who police say discharged his shotgun during a confrontation with a woman outside his home was arrested over the weekend.

The woman was trying to retrieve her belongings from 236 Oak St., the home of Kristian Broz, 37, about 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Oakland police Capt. Rick Stubbert.

Stubbert said Broz was outside the mobile home and, while engaged in a “heated argument” with the woman, fired his shotgun at the ground, 10 feet or more from where the woman was standing in his driveway.

Stubbert said the current relationship between Broz and the woman is unclear, but that she lived in the residence at one time.

“She left in a hurry right after the gunshot,” Stubbert said. “She was scared, obviously. She was visibly shaken.”

The woman called police from what Stubbert described as a safe location. After hearing her story, Officer Gary Bowman knocked on Broz’s door and arrested him. Stubbert said he confiscated the shotgun and Broz was cooperative.

Broz was taken to the Oakland police station, where he was charged with domestic violence reckless conduct. He did not return a call seeking comment.

Under Maine state law, reckless conduct is defined as recklessly creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person. It becomes domestic violence reckless conduct if the victim is a family or household member. The crime is a class D misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, according to the district attorney’s office.

Broz was also charged with discharge of a firearm near a dwelling, a class E misdemeanor punishable by up to six months incarceration and a $1,000 fine.

Stubbert said Broz was released on $1,000 unsecured bail. His bail conditions include no possession of firearms and no further contact with the victim.

He is scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.

Stubbert said discharging a gun at the ground always carries a risk.

“It’s not safe to fire a gun in anyone’s direction at any point,” he said. “There could be a ricochet or an error. It could have turned out a lot worse.”

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