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Corrections officer charged with threatening wife with loaded shotgun

January 20, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A corrections officer was being held Friday in the Washington County Detention Center on $950,000 bond, charged with threatening his wife with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

Matthew Eugene Pitcock, 29, of 11902 Heather Drive Hagerstown was arrested Thursday and charged by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to the statement of probable cause filed in Washington County District Court.

He had a bond hearing Friday before Judge Dana Moylan Wright, who ordered his bail to remain at $950,000.

Pitcock is a corrections officer at Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, according to the sheriff’s office.

Shortly past noon on Thursday, a deputy was sent to Pitcock’s home after a 911 hangup call. Nicole L. Pitcock told the deputy that she and her husband had gotten into an argument over finances, the charging documents said.

That escalated to the point where Matthew Pitcock went into the bedroom and returned to the living room with a shotgun, the documents said.

Nicole Pitcock tried to leave the house, but Matthew Pitcock blocked her way, and when she tried to call 911, he pointed the shotgun at her and threatened “to turn her head into a canoe,” the documents said.

Matthew Pitcock chambered a round in the pump-action shotgun and told her was going to shoot her, and “she would be leaving in a body bag,” the documents said.

Nicole Pitcock went to the bedroom, but Matthew Pitcock was able to get in by taking the door off its hinges, the documents said.

Nicole Pitcock tried to call 911 again, but he warned her that “if the cops showed up, there was going to be a hostage situation, and that he would shoot her and then himself,” the documents said.

At one point, Matthew Pitcock left the bedroom and returned wearing a ballistic vest, she told deputies. He again pointed the shotgun at his wife and took her cellphone, the documents said.

Nicole Pitcock said she grabbed the house phone and heard the safety on the shotgun go off. He put her in a choke hold and grabbed a piece of black wire, saying he was going to handcuff her, the documents said.

Matthew Pitcock then asked his wife if she had dialed 911. She said she had, and he left the house in his car, the documents said.

When deputies arrived, they found the shotgun fully loaded with five more rounds on a stock sleeve, the documents said.

Police issued a lookout for Pitcock’s 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, which was spotted at about 1:30 p.m. in the Williamsport area. He was taken into custody about 10 minutes later, the documents said.

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