Joshua P. Murphy, 22, of 88 Market St., second floor, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic simple assault or battery, third offense, after the incident. Police said it went down like this:
Officers received a call at 7:48 p.m. about a man with a firearm threatening people on Market Street. When they got there, another man, the alleged victim, told police that he was walking along Market Street when he heard a woman yelling with Mr. Murphy in the front yard of a nearby building. The woman was attempting to walk away from Mr. Murphy, but he kept stepping in front of her and cutting her off, the man told police. He said he yelled out to Mr. Murphy to get his hands off the woman, at which point Mr. Murphy allegedly yelled back. An argument ensued, and the man told police that Mr. Murphy told him he was going to go get his gun “and shoot the neighborhood up,” police said. At that, Mr. Murphy withdrew into a home, and the alleged victim alerted a business owner, who called police.
Meanwhile, another witness reported to police that he saw Mr. Murphy emerge from the home with what appeared to be a rifle, and started screaming that “he was going to shoot everyone on the block.” He waved the gun around several times before going back inside. When police arrived, they saw Mr. Murphy in a second floor window and entered the home, where they encountered him on a stairwell and arrested him without incident. Mr. Murphy reportedly told them the shotgun was fake, and inside his apartment police found a plastic replica of a gun.
Despite the fact that the gun was fake, police said the felony charge still applies. The charge carries a maximum three-year jail term, police said.