Albert Hughes Griffith, 41, Hillman, was charged Oct. 29 with one felony count of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard for risk.
On Oct. 26, a suicidal male was reported at a residence in Richardson Township in Morrison County. Sheriff’s deputies responded, but were unable to locate anyone.
The deputies found the victim, who said she argued with Griffith and told him she was going to leave. She said he then spoke of suicide.
The victim said that while packing, Griffith tried to get her to speak with him. He then pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun and said, “Don’t believe I’m going to do it?”
Griffith then fired a round from the gun into the ceiling. The victim said she then fled the scene and Griffith followed, allegedly saying that if she left, he would blow his head off.
Deputies entered the residence, found the shotgun and noted the hole in the bedroom ceiling.
Griffith was located and placed under arrest. He allegedly said he and the victim had argued heatedly. He allegedly said he told the victim he did not want to live, went into the bedroom, got out the gun and loaded it, but the firing of the weapon was accidental.
If convicted, Griffith faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.