A 59-year-old man with reported history of mental illness allegedly fired a handgun in the basement of his Oakland Avenue home Wednesday night, prompting his wife to report it to police.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m., the wife of Charles Geddes arrived at the Washington C.H. Police Department and told officers that he discharged a firearm while in the basement. According to reports, the woman said that she and her husband are going through a divorce and that she did not know if Geddes was “okay or not.”
She also reportedly told police that Geddes is bipolar and has previously set their house on fire.
Officers went to the home at 612 W. Oakland Ave. and found Geddes, “heavily intoxicated,” in the basement with a loaded handgun, police said. He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital emergency room for a mental health evaluation.
According to police, personnel from the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center arrived at the hospital to evaluate Geddes.
A large amount of firearms and knives were collected from the residence and placed into the police department evidence safe.
On Thursday after being released from the hospital, Geddes was charged with having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and using weapons while intoxicated, a misdemeanor of the first degree. He was booked into the Fayette County Jail.
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