Carroll man charged for shooting at residence

Robert Michael McAlpine

A Carroll County man has been arrested for shooting into an occupied dwelling after an incident that required a tactical team to be summonsed Sunday in Pipers Gap.

According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Carroll deputies received a disturbance call at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5 in reference to shots being fired at Peartree Court in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County. Gardner said the disturbance began between three residents concerning the cursing of a small child by one of the individuals, adding that the verbal confrontation led to threats and the assault of a female.

“After assaulting his neighbor, it was determined that 49-year-old Robert Michael McAlpine fired shots as he stood outside his home,” Gardner said. “He then went inside his residence and began firing a firearm from inside his home in the direction of his neighboring residence. Investigation determined that 12 shots were fired by Mr. McAlpine from inside his residence and another four shots were fired as he stood outside his home.”

Gardner said when deputies arrived the suspect was barricaded inside his home, which led to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team being summoned to the scene.

“Before tactical team members arrived on scene, the suspect came from inside his home and was then arrested by the deputies. Deputies recovered a loaded .357 revolver from inside the residence believed to be the weapon involved,” Gardner said.

McAlpine, of 95 Peartree Court, was served warrants for reckless handling of a firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and assault and battery. Gardner said a protective order was also issued by the magistrate.

“Deputies Bobby Melton, Corporal Joe Holderfield and Sgt. Barry Lineberry are commended on bringing a bad situation to an end as quickly as possible with no other injuries occurring,” Gardner said.