A 24-year-old Preston man has entered not guilty pleas to charges that he .
Dillon T. Herman, of Lake of Isles Road, is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second-degree breach of peace, criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, and third-degree assault.
At Herman’s arraignment today in , Judge Patrick J. Clifford ordered Herman to not have and direct or indirect contact with the victim. He also said that Herman should not possess any kind of handgun.
According to a report by Officer James Suarez of the , the man said he did not know Herman, who stopped him in a municipal parking lot shortly before 3 a.m. on April 28. The man said Herman was intoxicated and looking for marijuana. He said Herman later grew confrontational after accusing the man of stealing his truck, which was found parked on Bank Street.
The man said Herman drew a weapon, a .40-caliber semiautomatic Glock pistol, and pointed it at his face. He said he fled down an alley between the and and tripped, at which point Dillon fired a shot into the ground near his head. He said he tried to run away a second time and Dillon struck him in the head with the pistol.
Suarez said he and another officer patrolling on Bank Street heard the shot and found the man and Herman outside . The officers ordered Herman to the ground at gunpoint and confiscated the weapon, for which he had a permit. They later recovered a bullet from the alley.
Herman does not have any prior criminal history. According to , Herman's attorney said at his initial court appearance that Herman was a classmate of Matthew Chew—who was —and bought the weapon for protection. He said the other man approached him several times and he fired the gun away from the man in an attempt to make him go away.
Herman’s next court appearance will be on July 16.