ROOT - A Root man fired birdshot at another man at his residence Sunday and then tried to hide the weapon, Montgomery County Sheriff's officials said.
Matthew P. Cool, 44, of Logtown Road, Fultonville, was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence, felonies, along with other charges.
The incident happened at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Sheriff's deputies were called then to Longtown Road in Root where a man identified as Cool fired a 12-gauge shotgun and fired a single birdshot-type round at another person, sheriff's officials said.
Cool then is accused of trying to hide the shotgun on his property, some distance away from the scene, officials said. Investigators later recovered the shotgun as evidence.
Cool was also charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal use of a firearm, felonies, along with misdemeanor second-degree menacing.
Cool was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail.