The report of a domestic disturbance followed by a gunshot has sent a Marmaduke man to jail on multiple felony charges.
Marmaduke police arrested Michael Blake Butler, 32, on charges of one count of possession of a firearm by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon using the firearm in another crime), a Class B felony; three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of aggravated assault on a family member, both Class C felonies. Butler also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Ptl. Marcus Keller, the arrest took place Oct. 6 after he was dispatched to a verbal altercation. Shortly after he arrived at the location of the reported altercation, Keller heard what sounded like a gunshot from inside the residence. He asked for backup from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
As Keller moved to the back of Mrs. Butler’s vehicle, he observed her and Michael Butler yelling at each other, and saw Butler bend down by the driver’s side of the vehicle. Keller drew his service weapon and pointed it at Butler. He then commanded Butler to show his hands, which he did. But instead of complying with Keller’s further commands to move to the back of the vehicle and to place his hands on the back glass, Butler walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle with his hands up, telling Keller to shoot him, according to the affidavit.
Keller then switched from his service weapon to his Taser, at which time Butler reportedly started running toward the north end of the residence. Advising dispatch of Butler’s actions, Keller tried to cut Butler off, but Butler made it back to the driver’s side of Mrs. Butler’s vehicle and was trying to get the keys to flee the scene.
Deputy Lt. Rocky Weber then arrived on scene, drew his service weapon and commanded Butler to get on the ground, which he did. Weber and Deputy Sgt. Justin Jackson then took Butler into custody without further incident. The two escorted Butler to Jackson’s patrol vehicle, and told Keller that Butler had a box of 9-mm ammunition in his pocket. Keller then spoke with Mrs. Butler to find out what had happened. According to Keller’s affidavit she said he had fired a shot in the house that had glanced off the dresser, gone through a wall and landed in the front yard.
In response to Keller’s question, Mrs. Butler said she didn’t know where the gun was. He remembered, however, that Butler had knelt down beside the vehicle earlier in the incident for some reason, so he looked under the vehicle, and found a handgun.
After taking photographs of the weapon and the ammunition, Keller secured both in his vehicle. He photographed the front door broken by Butler as he left the house, as well as the bullet hole in the wall. Mrs. Butler told Keller her three children were in the house with her at the time of the incident.
Butler is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash-only bond.