NEWBERRY ‒ A Newberry man is in jail after allegedly discharging a weapon. Michael Troy Roland, 34, was arrested on Dec. 26 after allegedly firing a bullet into the ground outside a Newberry home.

According to the arrest report, Roland had been arguing all day with a female individual over the phone. When she returned home at about 5:15 p.m., she and Roland continued arguing in the front yard of the home. Roland then allegedly produced a pistol and fired a single round into the ground near the victim.

The victim also said that after shooting into the ground, Roland pointed the gun at his own head and threatened suicide but then threw the gun down and left. The victim was not injured but was visibly shaken and afraid that Roland might return. The pistol was recovered by law enforcement.

During a search of Roland’s vehicle, deputies found 24.1 grams of marijuana. Following the reading of his rights by law enforcement, Roland denied firing a weapon in the presence of the victim. He has been charged with domestic aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of over 20 grams of marijuana. The suspect is currently being held in the Alachua County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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