Franklin Man Faces Charges for Firing Gun Inside His Residence During Argument

| May 22, 2020

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Charges have been filed against a Franklin man who allegedly fired a gun inside a residence.

Court documents indicate the Franklin Police Department filed criminal charges against 47-year-old Craig Allen Smith.

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:35 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, Franklin Police were dispatched to a residence on 10th Street for a report of a gunshot inside the residence.

At the scene, police found Craig Allen Smith on the front porch awaiting their arrival.

Smith was immediately placed taken into custody and transported to the Franklin Police Department.

Police say Smith openly admitted to discharging one round from a Glock 17 handgun within his home during an argument.

According to the complaint, Smith stated, “I picked up the gun, I fired it into the floor and immediately knew I made a mistake. I knew no one was downstairs, and no one would be hurt. I just don’t know how this happened.”

The complaint states that during the interview, Smith said he did not intend to hurt anyone but did admit to firing the weapon inside the residence and within close proximity to a known victim.

Smith was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 12:15 a.m. on Monday, May 18, on the following charges:

– Discharge Of A Firearm Into Occupied Structure, Felony 3
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

He is currently free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, in Venango County Central Court.


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