A 40-year-old man was charged Wednesday in Sixth District Court in Virginia with seven criminal counts, including four felonies, following an incident earlier this week in which he allegedly pointed a gun at three others and had it discharge during an ensuing melee.
Paul Gaylord Jarmer remains in the St. Louis County Jail on $25,000 bail after he was arrested Monday by St. Louis County sheriff's deputies in an alley on the 100 block of Fifth Street South in Virginia.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, police were alerted to the incident at about 3:40 p.m. Monday, when a witness pulled up behind a Virginia Police Department squad car, honking his horn and flashing his lights before reporting a male shooting a gun in the alley behind the Mirage Bar on the 500 block of Chestnut Street.
Authorities located the gun at the bar along with three witnesses who told police Jarmer approached them while they were in the alley. Officers were informed that video surveillance at the bar and a neighboring bank showed Jarmer walking in a parking lot "with his right arm extended and a gun pointed directly at the three witnesses" - two men and a woman.
One of the witnesses confronted Jarmer and was able to get the gun; "in the process one round was fired in an unknown direction," the complaint said.
Authorities later located Jarmer in the alley behind his residence; he'd blocked the alley with a vehicle. After initially refusing to take his hands out of his jacket and arguing with officers, he complied and was handcuffed by a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office sergeant and taken into custody, the complaint said.
A search of the car revealed three painkillers in pill form, hypodermic needles and three rounds of ammunition for a .38 caliber gun. Two additional needles were found on Jarmer.
In an interview Tuesday with Virginia Police Chief Nicole Mattson, Jarmer said he'd borrowed the gun and intended to scare one of the witnesses, who he said owed him money. He said the gun went off during the witness' attempt to disarm him.
Jarmer did not have a permit to carry the gun, and the complaint said he admitted to police he'd been drinking.
Police are awaiting the test results of a blood sample from Jarmer. In addition to a second-degree assault charge, Jarmer faces felony counts for threats of violence, reckless discharge of a firearm and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. He also faces lesser charges for possessing a pistol without a permit, obstructing the legal process and illegal possession of hypodermic needles.
He faces up to seven years in jail and a $14,000 fine for the felony assault charge.