UPDATE: March 20, 2015 ‑ Clare County, Michigan.
Suspects in last night=s shooting incident were arraigned at 12:30 this afternoon in the 80th District Court, Harrison.
John Louis Gallaty, 67, of Harrison was arraigned on a four‑count felony warrant, bond $100,000 cash/surety/10%.
Count 1: Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder
Count 2: Felony Firearm
Count 3: Discharge a firearm in a building
Count 4: Felony Firearm
James Dale Compton, 54, of Gladwin was arraigned on a two‑count felony warrant, bond $20,000 cash/surety10%.
Count 1: Tampering with evidence
Count 2: Resisting/obstructing a police officer
Habitual offender notice
Clare County, Michigan. ‑ At approximately 2:28 p.m. troopers from the Mount Pleasant State Police Post and deputies from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in Franklin Township of Clare County. A local store clerk called 911 to report a man in the store stating he had just shot another man.
Troopers and deputies arrived on scene to find three intoxicated men inside a nearby residence refusing to exit. They observed clear evidence on scene that supported the report of some type of physical altercation involving gunfire. The owner of the residence was identified as a 67 year old Harrison man. The other two men were identified as a 67 year old Harrison man and his 32 year old son, also from Harrison.
Troopers made verbal contact with the owner of the residence who subsequently exited the home. It was learned that the owner of the residence had allegedly shot his friend’s 32 year old son during a physical altercation before going to a local store to purchase more alcohol. The 32 year old gunshot victim exited the residence after over an hour of attempts by Troopers to convince him to come out so he could receive medical attention. The remaining 67 year old witness refused to cooperate with police and remained in the home tampering with evidence. He exited the residence at approximately 6:21 p.m. after the arrival of the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team.
The 67 year old homeowner was lodged at the Clare County Jail with requested charges including Assault with intent to do great bodily harm, Possession of a firearm while intoxicated and Felony firearm. His additional charges are expected to include drug charges related to a large amount of drugs seized during the investigation. The 32 year old gunshot victim was treated for his injuries at a region hospital and kept overnight due to his high blood alcohol content. The 67 year old witness is facing requested charges of Tampering with evidence and Felony Obstruction. All three men were found to have high blood alcohol contents.
The Mount Pleasant State Police Post credits the safe resolution to situations like this to their cooperative relationships with law enforcement partners including the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Gladwin County Sheriff’s Department, Clare Police Department, Mobile Medical Response, Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team. The Mount Pleasant State Police Post also thanks the respectful response and cooperation from local media partners during this incident.
No further information is available regarding the aforementioned individuals. When it is appropriate to release names, a follow‑up release will be provided to our media partners.
Authority, Lt. Josh Lator, Mount Pleasant State Police Post