Shooting leads to Franklin Twp. standoff

March 27, 2015

Left: James Compton  Right: John Gallaty

Left: James Compton Right: John Gallaty

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Two area men, one from Clare County and the second from Gladwin, are facing felony warrants after a shooting incident was reported at a Franklin Township home last Thursday afternoon.
Troopers from the Mt. Pleasant State Police Post and deputies from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department and Gladwin County Sheriff’s Department responded to the home March 19 after a local store clerk called 911 to report that a man had come into the store and said he had just shot another man.

When officers arrived at the Franklin Township home, they reportedly found three intoxicated men there and “clear evidence” that gunfire had occurred in the home. All three, the homeowner, a second man and that man’s son, refused to come out of the house and officers spent the next four hours attempting to resolve the situation without further violence. All three men had high blood alcohol levels, police said.

The homeowner, John Gallaty, 67, of Harrison, talked with officers about allegedly shooting his friend’s son, and then exited the home.
James Compton, 54 of Gladwin, and his 32 year-old son remained inside the home for about an hour until officers were able to convince the younger man to come out for medical attention. Compton remained inside the home, where officers said he was allegedly tampering with evidence. He finally exited the home around 6:30 p.m. after State Police Emergency Support Team members arrived at the scene.

Both Gallaty and Compton were arraigned in 80th District Court Friday.
Gallaty was arraigned on a four felony counts: assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder; felony firearm; discharge of a firearm in a building; and felony firearm. His bond was set at $100,000 cash/ surety. He later posted bond and was released only to be rearrested on possible drug charges. He has since posted bond again and been released.
Compton was arraigned for two felonies: tampering with evidence; and resisting/obstructing a police officer and as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $20,0000 cash/surety. He remains lodged in the Clare County Jail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 1 at 2 p.m. according to Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis.
Clare County Sheriff John Wilson said he credits the team of law enforcement departments and their ability to work well together for the safe resolution of the standoff.

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