Millers man charged with assault using shettrock hatchet

A Millers man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly attempted to strike others using a construction tool.

Matthew Scott Barrett, 29, of the 4300 block of Schalk Road No. 1, was charged with seven counts, including two counts each of first- and second-degree assault. He is being held without bond following a Monday bail review.


According to the statement of probable cause, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence for a report that a man was making threats with a hatchet.

A deputy spoke to a man on scene, who said that following an argument, Barrett became irate and grabbed him by the neck. From a tool belt he was wearing, Barrett produced a sheetrock hatchet, a tool with a hammer on one end and a small hatchet on the other. He raised it in a striking motion, the man said.

The man told police that had he had not grabbed Barrett’s arm, Barrett would have struck him with the hatchet, according to the statement.

Another man heard the commotion and tried to de-escalate the situation by placing Barrett in a bear hug, he told police. Barrett attempted to strike him as well but was prevented from doing so by the hold, the man said, according to the statement.

The deputy spoke with Barrett, who admitted to having brought a hammer out during the altercation prior. He showed the sheetrock hatchet to police, who seized it for evidence, according to the statement.

While Carroll County Central Booking personnel were searching Barrett during intake, they located a container housing three pills. Barrett said he was holding the pills for the person who possessed the prescription, but when contacted by police, the holder of the prescription said he had not allowed Barrett to have any of the pills, according to the statement.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.