Police: Oxford Man Shot Tree After Argument

An Oxford man was arrested Tuesday after police said he got into an argument with a Lewis Tree Services employee, then shot a gun into a tree outside his home several times.

There were no injuries.

According to a press release from state police, a state trooper was called to the O’Neil Road home of of 23-year-old Justin Leake after an argument between Leake and the tree company employee, Raymond Jiminez, 21.

Police did not say specifically what the argument was about.

By the time police arrived at the home, Leake had left the area, police said, and Jiminez kept working.

But about 45 minutes later, Leake returned and located a pistol inside his home, police said.

Leake then allegedly “went outside and discharged several rounds from his pistol into a tree after ‘blowing off steam’ because he was angry about the earlier incident,” police said.

Leake was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, and first-degree breach of peace.

Police said he is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Derby Oct. 13.

Jiminez, the tree company employee, was charged with breach of peace and is also scheduled to appear in Derby court Oct. 13.


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