GREAT FALLS — Henry James Oakland has been charged in Great Falls after he reportedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend.
Court documents say that on Wednesday at about 10 p.m., a police officer was dispatched to a residence on the 1300 block of 2nd Avenue Northwest for reported domestic disturbance. Dispatchers were advised that the victim's boyfriend - later identified as Oakland - was trying to get her into a bedroom away from their kids so that he could shoot her. Officers responded to the scene and Oakland was taken into custody without incident. Oakland refused to answer any questions.
According to the charging documents, the victim told the officer that Oakland is the father of her two children. She disclosed that he had given her a black eye last month, but she had refused to let the police into the home when they arrived. The night prior, Oakland locked her out of the house despite the cold temperatures. She was too afraid to get back in because Oakland would beat her. Oakland then started sending her alarming text messages stating "maybe I won't do what I need to do."
On that day, after spending the night at a friend's house, Oakland promised not to hurt her when she came home. She was in the living room with Oakland when he again told her to leave the house. She stated she wasn't leaving and Oakland indicated he was going to make her leave by holding a gun. The victim became very scared because Oakland told her he had purchased a gun earlier in the week.
The victim texted her sister and law enforcement was advised of the situation. The victim became increasingly nervous and informed Oakland that the police were called. Oakland then went outside, and removed what she believed to be the gun he purchased. From the window, she watched him go into the garage and stash the item somewhere near the trash can. Officers later located a loaded 9mm handgun in a box of Christmas decorations next to the trash can.
Oakland has been charged at this point with tampering with physical evidence (felony), and partner/family member assault (misdemeanor). Court documents state that charges may be upgraded if Oakland's criminal history warrants such.