Man charged with firing gun in restaurant granted bond

Douglas Walter Dennard

A Rocky Face man facing criminal charges for firing a gun in a Tunnel Hill restaurant was granted a $20,000 bond in Whitfield County Superior Court on Friday, according to District Attorney Bert Poston.

Douglas Walter Dennard will also have to wear an ankle monitor, may not possess firearms and must provide an affidavit that all firearms have been removed from his home, may not return to the Los Magueys restaurant or contact anyone who was in it when he fired the gun, may not consume alcohol and may not consume drugs unless prescribed, and must undergo alcohol abuse counseling.

Poston said Dennard did not have any prior criminal history. Dennard is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, three counts of discharging a firearm while intoxicated, three counts of discharging a firearm on the property of another and 10 counts of reckless conduct.

Dennard's attorney, Marcus Morris, said Dennard will be on home confinement except for medical trips.

"Mr. Dennard is a 71-year-old man with diabetes and some other medical issues and it was appropriate that he be granted bond," said Morris. "The district attorney and I met to negotiate the terms of his bond, and I'm glad the judge (William Boyett) accepted those terms."

Dennard was still in the county jail Friday afternoon, but Morris said he expected Dennard would be bonded out shortly after they were able to certify that all firearms had been removed from his home.

Three shots were fired at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Los Magueys. According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, when a deputy arrived, a "large crowd" was “taking cover” behind the building.

There were "three areas in the ceiling where it appeared a bullet had entered," according to the incident report, and customers and an employee said they heard three shots.

Dennard was described in the incident report as “heavily intoxicated and could barely walk.” He told a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant he fired the gun "to get your attention" after someone stole his wallet and he "became angry." He told a deputy "he was in fear for his life."

The gun was identified as a Smith & Wesson M&P .40-caliber handgun.

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