Shot fired through the door during heated family argument leads to Westminster arrests

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WESTMINSTER - A Westminster man and his wife are both facing charges following an incident that took place shortly after midnight on Saturday morning at their home on Morse Brook Road.

    Troopers from the Westminster Barracks and officers from the Bellows Falls police department responded to a 911 call reporting that a shot had been fired inside the McAllister residence during what was described as a heated verbal argument between Richard McAllister, 58, and members of his family.

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    Vermont State Police Sgt. Ryan Wood said troopers encountered a resident walking down the roadway when they arrived and then safely removed a juvenile from the residence after they learned that minutes beforehand McAllister had picked up a gun and fired a single shot that exited the home out through an exterior door.

    Police said that McAllister had been drinking, which they said would be a violation of his pre-trial release conditions stemming from another matter, and then he "engaged in tumultuous behavior by destroying the inside of his residence."

    McAllister eventually exited the residence and was taken into custody after which he was charged with reckless endangerment, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, violating a court-ordered condition of pre-trial release and enabling the consumption of alcohol by minors.  

    McAllister was lodged at the Springfield jail for lack of $200 bail pending an arraignment which has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve at the Windham County Courthouse in Brattleboro.

    McAllister's wife, Terry, 53, was also issued a citation to answer a charge of enabling alcohol consumption by minors.

Russell McAllister, 58, of Westminster is facing several charges after he allegedly fired a gun inside his house

Terry McAllister, 53, of Westminster was cited on a charge of enabling alcohol consumption by minors

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