A man from Texas is accused of taking part in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. He is now facing a federal guns charge because, according to a news release, he fired several shots at law enforcement days before his first court date.
According to a news statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Nathan Donald Pelham, 40, of Greenville, shot at Hunt County Sheriff’s Department officers on April 12 when they came to his home to check on his welfare. The shooting happened a few days before he was to go to court for the first time on charges related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Pelham is being charged with four misdemeanors for his alleged role in breaking into the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Authorities said the Greenville man shot at sheriff’s deputies last week. https://t.co/34OxCBpbKV
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram (@startelegram) April 20, 2023
Authorities said that Pelham’s family called the sheriff’s office to check on him and said that he had a gun. When the police got there, the house was dark. According to the news release, Pelham’s young daughter left the house after the police turned on their emergency lights. Then they heard gunshots coming from the house, so they hid.
A news statement says that about an hour later, Pelham walked out onto the porch and fired at officers. He was told to put the gun down by sheriff’s deputies, but Pelham kept waving it around until he went back inside the house. Authorities say that Pelham came out of the house again an hour later and fired several shots.
There were no reports of accidents.
Later, when Pelham’s house was searched, they found a 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol, four boxes of bullets, and bullet holes in the walls.
Federal officials say Pelham was charged through a criminal complaint. Since Pelham has been convicted of a felony, he cannot legally own a gun. Thursday was his first time in court for the gun charges. Pelham could get up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty of the gun charges. This is on top of the three years he could get for the misdemeanor charges linked to the Capitol Building break-in.
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