Gun Goes Off During Family Fight

The bullet did not strike either man, police said.

Two family members face charges after a gun went off while they were allegedly fighting, Prince William County Police said. 

Stephen Allen Witt, 33, of Londonderry Court in Dale City, is charged with reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault and battery. Damon Barry Witt, 37, of the same residence, is charged with unlawful wounding. 

"Both accused individuals, who are family members, became involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically," Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department, said in a press release.

Police responded on Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. for a report of a fight. During the fight, a gun in the possession of Stephen Witt went off, Perok said, but no one was struck. Minor injuries were reported. 

Damon Witt left the residence before the police arrived, but officers found him nearby. He was held on a $2,500 secured bond. Stephen Witt was held without bond. 

The information in this article was provided by the Prince William County Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. 

Joe George January 04, 2013 at 12:16 PM
An altercation on a Wednesday at 2pm? I wonder if alcohol was involved? Maybe these guys need to be deported too, but where?
vailbunny January 04, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Family members fighting with a gun? They should think how their mother would feel about that!
Taran Witt January 04, 2013 at 10:13 PM
The one on left is my 1st cousin, one on right my brother..neither was using alcohol, and our mother was horrified!
Taran Witt January 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Oh and the one on right side was the one who whipped out a gun & tried to kill my brother so my brother did what anyone would do if someone pulled a gun on them, defended himself. He shouldn't even be charged w anything if u ask me but then again they both should've handled this situation differently!
Sheryl M January 05, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Taran the one on the right side is your brother u meant to say the one on the left allegedly whipped out a gun etc etc .
Anoy Mous January 05, 2013 at 03:18 PM
There's no allegedly about it.....the SOB pulled out his gun, cocked it, aimed and fired. If Damon hadn't have moved his head in time, he would be dead...period.
Anoy Mous January 05, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I know ...i was there..plus i understand they are trying to up Stephen's charges to Attempted Murder which is what he deserves.
Anoy Mous January 05, 2013 at 03:22 PM
There aint no Fun when you involve a Gun! That's for sure.
Sheryl M January 05, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I don't know why I said allegedly probably cuz I watch too many true crime TV shows
Vinnie M. January 05, 2013 at 08:38 PM
This is Damon's Cousin Vinnie... Who is the anonymous person who said he/she was there???? i thought it was just Damon & Stephen.
Sheryl M January 05, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Well Vinnie it was not Damon who wrote It and it couldn't b Steve cuz he's in jail so maybe it's someone who wishes they were there
Rose Anne S. January 06, 2013 at 01:46 AM
RoseAnne S. I think The Anoy Mous Is someone just trying to be cool by saying they were there so they can get Some attention....
Rose Anne S. January 06, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Joe, It really sounds to me like you are making accusations by asking if Alcohol was involved! And Racist By saying they need to be Deported but, where? Hello!!! They Are Americans Not Immigrants!!!! You really shouldn't Make statements about people who you don't even know !! Seems like you have to much time on your hands worrying about many other people's Business...
Bill Schneider January 06, 2013 at 01:02 PM
how does a gun just "go off". this story makes it seem as though the gun had a mind of its own, instead of more accurately stating that the convicted felon fired the gun in violation of existing firearm laws, and no, he was not a law abiding citizen with a gun. so, one of the questions should be how did this convicted felon come to be in possession of a firearm?
Jeremy Peeples January 06, 2013 at 05:30 PM
It's possible that they switched the order of the photos.
Anoy Mous January 07, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Right on..Bill Schneider....he had to BRING the GUN to the fight in order for it to go off. i want to know why he's not charged with attempted murder????? A convicted felon with a loaded gun???? The police really seemed to down play that one...!
Rose Anne S. January 07, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Anoy Mous you Claim In your previous comnent you were there so, you should know how the gun went off ???? Anoy Mous 10:19 am on Saturday, January 5, 2013 I know ...i was there..plus i understand they are trying to up Stephen's charges to Attempted Murder which is what he deserves.
John Smith January 07, 2013 at 07:43 AM
To someplace warm and beneath the earth.
Pam Witt January 07, 2013 at 08:46 PM
The whole family is horrified and we are thankfull that Damon is alive. And yes, Damon should have NOT been charged with anything.
Pam Witt January 07, 2013 at 08:48 PM
they are both US citizens
Anoy Mous January 07, 2013 at 09:53 PM
maybe i'm wrong...but i think Joe G meant that IF they deport Spanish people over little or nothing...then "these guys need to be deported too." I personally would re-word that to say the One with the Gun should be deported ...or in this case....put away for a long long time. Not the other guy... people fight and argue over disputes all the time. When you bring a gun into it..it trumps it up to a whole other level and somebody is apt to get killed...period.
Vinnie M. January 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Give Peace a chance.
Armed and Trained January 22, 2013 at 07:57 PM
My guns must be defective since it takes me pulling the trigger to discharge any of them. Guess I need to get them to a gunsmith. The article shows proof that a gun ban will NOT prevent the bad guys (felons) from getting a firearm. SMH
Anoy Mous January 22, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Yes Armed and trained-you are correct. Rumor has it that his worthless girlfriend got the guns in her name so he would have access to them. He's a felon she obviously is not. I would like to think stricter controls would make it harder for people though. LIke for example the person getting the gun should have to sign a document or application, stating and verifying that they do not/will not reside with Felon(s). Then if a case like this happens she should be procecuted right along with him. And BTW, I've checked the jail...he has been released on bond. I feel less comfortable sleeping tonight.
Armed and Trained January 23, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Anoy, your idea makes perfect sense to me. Goes along with the old saying "locks keep honest people honest". A person might, I stress, might think twice if such a law was enacted.


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