Millville man charged with reckless endangering

MILLVILLE — Delaware State Police arrested Millville man Saturday after a domestic incident allegedly led to him obtaining a weapon and firing a round.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said that at approximately 6 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the unit block of Dorothy Circle, in reference to a domestic-related incident where gun shots were heard.

Prior to the troopers’ arrival, they were informed that the suspect, 40-year-old Joshua Welsh had fled the scene in a white Lincoln Towncar and possibly had several assault rifles and handguns in his possession.

Joshua welsh

Cpl. Jaffe said troopers observed the vehicle traveling eastbound on Vines Creek Road (and a traffic stop was initiated. The vehicle pulled to the shoulder of the road as if it was going to stop and then allegedly accelerated off, and a brief pursuit ensued. Mr. Welsh was subsequently taken into custody and allegedly located in the vehicle were 2 AR-15-style rifles in which one was fully loaded, a bolt action rifle, a handgun, several magazines for the rifles and a large amount of ammunition.

Cpl. Jaffe said that further investigation revealed that Mr. Welsh became disorderly and engaged in a verbal altercation with his parents. Mr. Welsh allegedly proceeded to obtain his rifles and handgun from the residence and bring them out to his vehicle. While in the process of exiting the residence, the family dog was in the doorway at which time Welsh allegedly proceeded to violently kick the pet.

Cpl. Jaffe said that when confronted by his mother, Mr. Welsh proceeded to shove her to the ground, causing her minor injuries. Mr. Welsh proceeded back into the residence where he obtained a loaded handgun. As he was exiting the residence with the handgun, his father was able to gain possession of the weapon.

Mr. Welsh returned to his vehicle where he retrieved a loaded rifle and allegedly fired a round towards the ground prior to fleeing the scene. No injuries were sustained.

Mr. Welsh was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

First-degree reckless endangering;

Disregarding a police officer signal;

Third-degree assault;

Possession of a firearm while under the influence and;

Cruelty to animals by cruel mistreatment;

Mr. Welsh was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,500 secured bond.

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