An Elizabethtown man is facing a pair of felony charges after an incident Wednesday afternoon, during which he reportedly pointed a handgun at another man.
Philipp Peterson, 23, was charged by Elizabethtown police with Class D felonies of first-degree wanton endangerment and first offense trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces, gun enhanced. Each charge is punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
According to an arrest citation, a person called police after he left an area of Bellwood Drive and said Peterson pointed a gun at him. When police interviewed Peterson, he said he used the weapon in self defense. The citation said Peterson “could not explain to officers why he did” or why he didn’t contact police about what happened.
While talking to Peterson, police reportedly could smell marijuana coming from his apartment, the citation stated. After police received a search warrant, they reportedly found a smoked marijuana joint in Peterson’s bedroom, a digital scale with marijuana residue on it and a box filled with plastic bags. Police also reported finding a couple boxes of 9mm ammunition.
Inside a safe in Peterson’s room was a loaded Springfield XD 9mm pistol and a plastic bag containing approximately 14 grams of marijuana and a plastic container with 1 gram of marijuana and several loose 9mm bullets were found, according to the citation.
He also was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Peterson was released Thursday afternoon on a $2,500 unsecured bond from the Hardin County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear Sept. 13 in Hardin District Court.
As part of his bond conditions, Peterson is to have no contact with the man with whom he had the altercation and to not be in possession of a firearm.