Niles man gets jail, probation for shooting at firefighters with BB gun

Published 8:41 am Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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NILES — A 35-year-old Niles man who shot at firefighters with a BB gun was given probation and jail Monday in Berrien County Trial Court.

Charles Lamont Dortch, 35, of Niles, pleaded guilty to attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to two years probation, 20 days in jail with credit for two days served and $658 in fines and costs.

He also received a concurrent 10 day jail term for contempt of court for violating his bond conditions earlier this year when he drank alcohol after being ordered not to.

The incident occurred Jan. 8 in Niles when he shot a BB gun at firefighters in Niles.

“He was having a bad day and he allowed himself to react inappropriately,” Briseno said. “He’s remorseful about his actions. I think probation is appropriate, he could benefit from learning the skills to react appropriately.”

Dortch apologized and acknowledged that something bad could have happened. He said he’s going to counseling and wants the chance to prove himself.

“You’re absolutely correct, something bad could have happened,” said Berrien County Trial Judge Jennifer Smith. “You knew it wasn’t a firearm but the other person didn’t and they could have reacted and shot you. Also there’s absolutely no justification for your actions, the person did nothing to deserve what you did.”