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Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:00 am

Man in custody after threats, shots fired at mother

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A 21-year-old Fort Wayne man is in the Allen County Jail after allegedly threatening his mother with a gun, firing several shots near her and injuring her.

Fort Wayne police arrived at a home in the 6800 block of Briarcliff Drive around 8:30 a.m. Thursday and took Hunter Hills, 21, into custody. He had briefly barricaded himself inside until police negotiators convinced him to come out, police said.

Hills was charged Friday with felony criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and misdemeanor domestic battery.

The drama unfolded around 6:30 a.m. Thursday when Hills started yelling at his mother. Hills had smashed a glass candle against a wall by the door. As his mother attempted to clean up the mess, Hills returned from upstairs and pressed a handgun to the back of her head, then pushed it against his chin and asked her how she felt about that, court records said.

He then lowered the gun, aiming it next to her head and fired a couple rounds into the wall. The shots were so close to her head that her ears were ringing, court records said.

Hills then went upstairs, only to come back down and grab her by the biceps and push her backwards, knocking her over furniture that he'd thrown around earlier. She injured her back and hit her head on the ground.

Hills then took his right hand and hit her across the left side of her head, court records said.

Hills then fired more shots into the wall near his mother, but she was able eventually to call police.

At the jail, Hills' blood alcohol level was 0.10%, indicating that he'd been drinking. The legal limit is 0.08%.

Hills was being held at the jail in lieu of $5,750 bail. He has a court hearing Wednesday.

jduffy@jg.net