By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man accused of firing a handgun from his second-floor patio at The Reserve apartment complex at an occupied swimming pool and neighboring occupied apartments while intoxicated on July 4 has been ordered to appear in court on July 19 with an attorney.
    If convicted of felony discharging a firearm and carrying a pistol while intoxicated, Joshua Lee Bradley, 23, could be incarcerated for as long as 20 and one-half years, according to the two-count charge filed last week. Bradley was arrested at 2:32 am on July 4 at his apartment and later released that day from jail on $5,000 bail.
    Police had been sent to the apartment complex at 1822 N. Perkins Road at 1:28 am on July 4 on a report of shots fired, Stillwater Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson wrote in an affidavit. “As officers converged on the area, numerous gunshots were heard,” the affidavit said.
    “Suspect was firing towards the south at the complex office building, the complex swimming pool, and another occupied neighboring apartment building,” the affidavit alleged.
    “At least two bystanders were also in the pool at the time of the gunfire,” the affidavit alleged.
    An officer positioned just east of Bradley’s apartment saw him step out onto the patio of his second-floor apartment and began giving him commands, the affidavit alleged.
    Bradley retreated back inside his apartment; then an officer illuminated the south-facing window of Bradley’s apartment with his weapon-mounted light, and Bradley dropped down out of sight, the affidavit alleged.
    “Loud verbal orders and commands were given to the suspect,” who stepped back out on the patio and followed commands, the affidavit alleged.
    After numerous spent shell casings were found on the patio, officers forced entry into Bradley’s apartment for a security sweep and possible gunshot wound victims, the affidavit alleged. Several live rounds of ammunition were seen on the floor as well as drug paraphernalia, the affidavit alleged.
    “Suspect was given a pat search for weapons and was found to be in possession of several spent shell casings and numerous live rounds of ammunition,” the affidavit alleged.
    Bradley had extremely slow, lethargic movements, heavily slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, the affidavit alleged.
    After a search warrant was served on Bradley’s apartment, “a handgun, live ammunition and drug paraphernalia were seized,” the affidavit alleged.