MILLVILLE, Del.- Delaware State Police arrested a Millville man after he fired a rile at the ground following an argument with his parents.
On February 16, 2019, troopers responded to the unit block of Dorothy Circle for a reported domestic related incident where gun shots were fired around 6 p.m. When police arrived, they were informed about 40-year-old Joshua Welsh. Police were told he left the scene in a car and possibly had several assault rifles and handguns on him.
Troopers say they saw a car traveling eastbound on Vines Creek Road and police conducted a traffic stop. The car then pulled onto the should as if it was going to stop, but then accelerated off. This ensued a brief pursuit.
Welsh was eventually taken into custody. Police found two AR-15 style rifles and one of them was fully loaded. Police also say they found a bolt action rifle, a handgun, several magazines for the rifles, and a large amount of ammunition.
After investigation, police say they learned Welsh engaged in a verbal fight with his parents. Welsh continued to take his rifles and handguns from the home and took them out to his car. While doing this, Welsh began to violently kick the family dog when it was in the doorway. After his mother confronted him, Welsh pushed her to the ground causing some injuries. Then Welsh grabbed a loaded handgun from the home, but his father was able to get the weapon.
Welsh then when to his car and fired a round from a loaded rifle at the ground. He then left the scene.
Following his arrest, Welsh was charged with first-degree reckless endanger, disregarding a police signal, third-degree assault, possession of a firearm while under the influence, and cruelty to animals by cruel mistreatment.
Welsh was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,500 secured bond.