Neshannock Township Police Department (NTPD) report responding to a 911 call of a shooting just before 5 p.m. on Monday near West Fairmount Avenue.
The 911 call made by an unidentified 73-year-old man, told dispatchers someone had tried to break into his house and he’d fired two shotgun shells through his front door. Then the intruder returned fire.
After gaining control of the scene the responding officers from NTPD where told by the victim that the suspect, 56-year-old Martin Quinby was his neighbor and they’d had an argument.
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After the argument, Quinby had expressed his displeasure with the victim, saying he was going to wait 15 minutes for an apology or going to:
“… cut him to pieces”
Quinby then began chopping at the front door of the victim’s house with a tomahawk. The victim fired both barrels of his shotgun through the door at Quinby.
Quinby, seemingly un-phased by the shotgun blasts, shouted,
“So that’s how you want it!”
and returned fire with his 9mm pistol.
Officers say no one was injured.
Quinby was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, attempted burglary, terroristic threats, reckless endangering, aggravated assault, and criminal mischief.
While Quinby is in no way excused for his actions against his neighbor, these types of feuds are rarely one sided. Part of responsible gun ownership is knowing which battles to fight and which battles to let pass you by.
What do you think of shooting through your front door if someone is trying to chop or break it down?
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