After an alleged domestic violence incident on Christmas day in Ford’s Colony, a Chesterfield man faces as much as two years behind bars.
Matthew Robert Barrett, 32, was charged with two counts of brandishing a firearm, according to documents filed in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.
On Dec. 25 around 10 a.m., James City County police officers were called to a residence in Ford’s Colony on a domestic violence call.
When officers arrived, they found Barrett wielding a pistol, according to court documents. Barrett held the handgun away from officers and eventually dropped the magazine of ammunition onto the ground and ejected the round in the chamber of the gun.
Officers charged and served Barrett with arrest warrants, the filings said.
Officers also obtained an emergency protective order for Barrett’s wife, according to the court documents.
Barrett remains in custody, however, he is not being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, according to jail records.
If convicted to the maximum extent of the law, Barrett faces two years in jail and as much as $5,000 in fines.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence call the Avalon Center Crisis Hotline, available 24 hours daily at 757-258-5051, to talk or schedule an appointment at the Avalon Center call 757-258-5022.
Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.