HONESDALE - The Wayne County District Attorney and Honesdale Borough Police Department reported that a shooting occurred Saturday night, May 25 in Honesdale Borough.
According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Detective Sean LeStrange, Matthew Holmes, age 38, of Honesdale was visiting friends with his 15 year old daughter on 11th Street, Honesdale. Holmes was seated at a kitchen table and removed his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun from his holster and removed a live round from the chamber of said weapon and then the magazine.
Holmes, believing that said weapon was empty, proceeded to move the weapon and set it on top of the kitchen table. While still handling the weapon, the weapon went off and struck his 15 year old daughter in the face. Another guest at the residence called 911 and the minor was flown to the CMC Hospital Trauma Unit in Scranton.
Honesdale Borough Police learned that the minor was in stable condition. Holmes was arrested and charged with Recklessly Endangering Another Person and arraigned before Magistrate District Judge Bonnie Carney. Judge Carney set bail at $7,500.00 and Holmes was incarcerated at the Wayne County Correctional Facility pending his next court appearance.
The Wayne Independent identified Holmes as a local comedian who has performed at various venues in the area.
Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards stated that this incident was a clear example of negligence with firearms but was thankful that Holmes' daughter was in stable condition.