ST. GEORGE – Charges have been filed against a man arrested for his involvement in a disturbance in the area of 600 South and 500 East in St. George Saturday night that involved possible gunfire, prompting a response by the St. George on-call negotiations and SWAT teams. After being released from custody, the man was arrested a second time Sunday morning for violating a jail release agreement.
Jeramiah William Grant, 39, of St. George, is facing three class B misdemeanor charges of assault, reckless child abuse and domestic violence in the presence of a child, along with a class C misdemeanor charge for intoxication.
Following Grant’s release from custody Sunday, he was arrested a second time that morning for violating a court-ordered no contact order, a class A misdemeanor.
Circumstances surrounding the disturbance
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the St. George Communications Center received calls regarding the sound of gunshots fired in the area of 600 South and 500 East, St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said Saturday.
Around that same time, a woman ran to the street requesting help and was trying to contact neighbors for assistance, Giles said. Witnesses confirmed to officers arriving at the scene that they had also heard the sound of shots fired.
An initial statement released by the St. George Police Department said the woman may have fled the house after shots were fired inside, lending to the possibility of the incident being domestic violence-related.
Grant, who allegedly fired the shots, remained in the home with several children.
Contact was quickly made with the home’s occupants who were instructed to go outside. They all complied. There was no confrontation with officers and no one was injured.
The situation stabilized shortly thereafter. With Grant in custody, extra police units gradually began to be released from the scene and access to 500 East from 700 South to 500 South was reopened.
Investigators were still on scene shortly after midnight trying to determine exactly what happened and whether or not there was actually any gunfire.
No contact order
After being arrested early Sunday morning, Grant was released from custody shortly thereafter on $3,920 bail.
At approximately 4:38 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the residence where the disturbance had occurred to inform the woman who had asked for help that Grant had been released from custody and had signed a no contact order.
However, Grant had already contacted the woman since his release, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department. After reviewing the woman’s call log, officers contacted Grant who admitted to contacting the woman and violating the order.
“He said the jail staff did explain he could not contact her,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “Jeramiah also had his copy in his pocket.”
Grant was arrested for the second time Sunday morning for violating his jail release agreement. He has since been released from custody.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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