UPDATE: Great Mills Man Found Guilty After Pointing Gun at Deputy

February 7, 2017
Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59, of Great Mills

Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59, of Great Mills

UPDATE 1/7/2017: After a two day jury trial, on Thursday February 4, 2017, the jurors found Pekka Robert Heinonen, of Great Mills guilty of both counts of first degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

States Attorney Richard D. Fritz would like to thank the prosecutor on the case, Assistant State’s Attorney Julie White, as well as Deputy Blaine Gaskill and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office who investigated this case.

8/1/2017: On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Blaine Gaskill responded to the 45000 block of Stoney Run Drive in Great Mills for a disturbance.

Upon arrival, Deputy Gaskill made contact with a resident of the home, who advised the argument occurred in an upstairs apartment. As the deputy made his way to the apartment, with the homeowner, he observed a man standing on the front porch pointing a handgun at him. Deputy Gaskill gave multiple commands for the subject to drop the weapon, but he refused. Ultimately, the suspect, Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59, of Great Mills, complied and was placed under arrest.

He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with First Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

A preliminary breath test at the Detention Center confirmed the suspect was under the influence during the incident.



Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59, of Great Mills

Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59, of Great Mills

 

83 Responses to UPDATE: Great Mills Man Found Guilty After Pointing Gun at Deputy

  1. Yo-Mamma on July 28, 2016 at 7:39 am

    He is truly lucky he’s not dead.

  2. Andy Taylor on July 28, 2016 at 7:57 am

    And people wonder why they get shot by law enforcement.

    • Anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

      yup because you clearly have to darker skin.. this is man is alive, how many African American children got killed for non violent crimes?

  3. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    If he was black he would of been shot 30 times.

    • Christina on July 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      If he was black SHOULD HAVE been shot 30 times.

      • Got 1 on August 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        low life

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 7:56 am

      And for good reason. ..

    • grammar police on July 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

      *”would’ve” , or “would have”. Not “would of”

  4. Nick on July 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Dumb s***,
    Drunk and stupid don’t mix, lucky he didn’t get shot!
    (and he would have deserved it)

  5. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Way to show restraint. There have been multiple instances of idiots pulling weapons on cops in this county over the years but very few killings. Out of the handful of killings most were determined to be a suicide by cop situation according to witnesses. Lets go over this for people that don’t understand. Don’t commit a crime and you have almost a 0% chance of death by cop. Follow cops instructions and again almost a 0% chance. If you act like a fool, run, fight, reach for your pocket or waistband, or do anything else that makes an officer think they will not go home to see their family your chance of being shot goes up but still is under 1%. Just like any other profession there are bad cops but that is still less then 1% of the total force. Just like other professions people are going to make mistakes the only difference is a cops mistake can be deadly for both him or the suspect. If you don’t like the way things are being run or people are being treated then reach out to the police in your neighborhood, have a civil conversation with them, set up an annual meeting to voice your concerns. No dialog or respect will be created by yelling in each others faces. If you want to know the best course of action if you feel change needs to happen, fill out an application and join the force.

    • Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      They quit hiring know it all jerks a long time ago. But the good news is WaWa is hiring.

      • Julie on July 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm

        I don’t think they’d hire him- his Facebook profile photo looks like he’s a pedophile

        • Tell You What on July 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

          If he’s such a pedo, why are you following him around. Crazy ex-girlfriend maybe?

        • Julie on August 1, 2016 at 6:13 am

          No just doing it to spite him. He has to learn that you can’t get away with leaving snide comments on just about every article

        • Tell You What on August 1, 2016 at 10:49 am

          Yeah, you’re sure showing him. Keep up your one-person crusade though, it seems to be working wonders. Oh wait, it’s not stopping anything.

      • Anonymous on July 31, 2016 at 10:18 am

        No. I don’t want to work next to a fat pedophile. But thanks anyway.

      • Got 1 on August 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Wish Bill would would do us the ultimate favor

    • anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 12:54 am

      To fat.

    • Julie on July 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      So you’re easily corruptable, an a**hole and have the personality of a robot?

      • Tell You What on July 31, 2016 at 9:32 am

        You’re clearly in love with Bill. And if you say you aren’t, you’re obsession is borderline crazy.

      • Anonymous on July 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

        Way to paint with a broad brush. You are part of the problem.

  6. AKA on July 28, 2016 at 11:14 am

    This dude is lucky to be alive. It shows you that our officers are having to think more than twice before they take appropriate action. Scary.

  7. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 11:26 am

    HE’s very lucky to be alive still….

    • Anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

      He’s very lucky to be white

  8. Sean on July 28, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Dad?

  9. Blac Dawg on July 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    That’s because he white they only kill black people

    • Christina on July 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      “he white” Nice ebonics. They should only kill black people. Don’t be so butt hurt that you’re black.

      • Anonymous on February 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

        dumb ass

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

      maybe if you weren’t so prone to violence and quick to enrage…blame and address the cause not the effect…just saying

    • Sweety B on July 29, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Check the stats, twice as many whites are killed by police than are blacks. The blacks just get the press!

      • Anonymous on August 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm

        Check your stats!!! Police officers are killing more BLACKS than WHITES, even when WHITES prove to be more of a threat! FBI statistics prove that WHITES ARE the most violent, and commit the most criminal acts, including MURDER and DRUG related offenses!!

        • Stat-man on August 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm

          More whites are killed by police officers and the numbers are not even that close!

        • Sweety B on August 8, 2016 at 4:40 pm

          Well, I checked many sources. They do not agree on the exact number (Depends on their parameters I guess) but the numbers are close. According to a report in the Washington Post (A very liberal rag), 990 people were killed by police in America in 2015. The breakdown is as follows:

          Whites – 494
          Blacks – 258
          Hispanic – 172
          Other – 38
          Unknown – 28

          The stats are what they are. You really don’t want to argues crime stats. It will make you look really stupid.

          • Anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

            This isn’t a race to see who gets killed by cops more… there’s clearly more “whites” in America for starters. This is about unjustified killing by police and innocent lives that should still be alive. When a African American cop shot a white teen he didn’t get paid leave he was stripped from his badge and waited trail for murder. This is about injustice African Americans have to protest for justice. When if the color was switch the victim would still be alive or the cop will be held responsible. ( this isn’t about idiots that point guns and weapons at police this about people with non violent crimes being killed)

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

      I’m sure the police need to speak with you since you were there and saw what happened. Please contact them immediately.

  10. anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Kudos to the officer involved. I’m not sure that anyone in that situation would have shown the restraint that he did.

  11. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    And he wasn’t shot??? Are SOMD cops really that scared to take control of situations? I guess that only applies when minorities are involved.

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 8:04 am

      I would like you to list all the people that have been shot by cops in this area. I won’t hold my breath because you will have to go back pretty far to find any and most of them were white. There have been almost no instances of cops shooting people in this area (black or white or Latino or Asian). In the handful of cases they have had almost all were determined to be suicide by cop. If you want police drama you need to move to the poor part of a big city.

    • Sweety B on July 29, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Racist!

      • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 11:34 pm

        LOL! Yeah sure. I know I’m big time “racist” because I don’t like gambling or cheap beer. What’s your reason?

  12. The boss on July 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    If he was black he would of been killed

    • Christina on July 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      If so, like he should have been.

      • Anonymous on August 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

        agreed

      • The Gig Show on August 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

        You should be shot!

  13. The boss on July 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Wow

  14. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I’m proud of this officer, Great job sir.

  15. ken williams on July 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, I can put money on that hes is alive because he is white.

    • Christina on July 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Are you black butt hurt?

      • Ken Jackson on August 4, 2016 at 1:01 am

        Black butt hurt? No you don’t need to be black or a minority to sympathize with them. What is wrong with you people? In that case I can put are you a racist, hick, redneck?

        • The Gig Show on August 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

          True, so true!! And what the hell does “black butt hurt” even mean?

    • Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      And you know this because you were there, right?

    • anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 12:56 am

      And I can put money on you being black.

    • MAV on July 29, 2016 at 7:41 am

      You would loose your money……him being alive has not a thing to do with his skin color and everything to do with the officers training, patience in a stressful situation and being raised to value life no matter the skin color……get over the race crap…..very life matters and if “black lives matter” so much more than anyone else then why do most black killings happen by other black people…….instead of blaming someone else for your short comings get off the welfare train and get an education, get a job, learn respect for yourself much less other and be a productive member of society…..stop being a self entitled victim of your own laziness.

      • Al on July 31, 2016 at 8:45 am

        The fact that 13% of a particular ethnic group in the U. S. accounts for 52% of all murders in the country never seems to enter into the discussion. Interesting

  16. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    But he still alive ??? Let a black man point a gun

    • Al on July 31, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Black men point guns all the time, at one another. Apparently, most black men seem to think that’s okay.

  17. AKA on July 28, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Why is SMNewsnet allowing these racist comments to be posted?

    • Anonymous on July 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Because this is America. Everyone has a right to his/her opinion whether you agree with it or not.

    • Roger on July 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Cause it stirs the pot. They pulled the comments section down for a black woman that was killed in St. James several years ago because of “racist comments,” but they now apparently allow them.

    • Jacob Johnson on August 1, 2016 at 1:30 am

      They can not stop it because its called Freedom of Speech that’s why

  18. Dee on July 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I knew there would be one or multiple responses about if he was black he would have been shot. I mean really? What does making those comments gonna do to help change the problem? Nothing but make yourself look like an idiot

    • Anonymous on July 30, 2016 at 11:19 am

      What problem is that?

  19. the truth on July 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    white lives matter

    They should have slumped his ass

  20. Julie on July 29, 2016 at 6:15 am

    My dad is dead a**hole.

    • Julie on August 1, 2016 at 5:40 am

      You truly don’t have a heart and I hope you piss off the wrong person then that person beats the everloving s**t out of you. Karma will come back on you tenfold.

      • Ken M. on August 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        SLAM!!

  21. Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Now if he was black they would have Swiss cheesed his ass

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Where is your proof? Provide a link to the last time police killed someone in this county. You will find a hand full but you will have to scroll through the mostly white guys before you find maybe one black guy.

    • the truth on July 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      know doubt

    • eagle1 on August 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Actually, there were about (Numbers differ slightly depending on who does the counting) 990 people killed by police in 2015. It breaks down like this:

      1. Whites – 494
      2. Blacks – 258
      3. Hispanic – 172
      4. Other – 38
      5. Unknown – 28

      Blacks comprise 13% of the US population yet account for 52% of murders.

      You tell me where the problem lies!

  22. deputy wife on July 29, 2016 at 10:39 am

    To all of you who ‘think’ you know the situation. Maybe you should google the actual body cam video and see EXACTLY what happened.

    The police officer did exactly what he was trained to do, and not endanger another person or put them in the line of fire. When the wife of the man that pulled the gun stepped in the line of fire, the officer did not have a clear shot, had she not stepped in the way, the man you see in this picture WOULD have been shot. Black or White.

    I love how so many are quick to judge based on their own internal prejudices.

  23. Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    You are all missing one point that this article does not mention. Did the officer even draw his weapon or was he unable to believing that if he reached for his own gun, he would of been shot. Everyone wants to make this a race thing, but I am sure this punk would be dead right now if cop had chance to get to his own gun, and rightfully so.

  24. just me on July 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    First off, the cop never drew his weapon until per put his down, if he would of went for his own weapon, he might of been shot. His only option was to talk the prep down. If he would of had chance to get his own weapon drawn while per still had gun in hand, per would of been swish cheese to the delight of all blacks.

  25. Shelly on August 1, 2016 at 4:18 am

    That baby should of not been involved in that drama. Shame on the adults. And also that man needs help , his wife came out first then the guy with the gun pointing. The goofy looking son needed to stay out of it. That baby does not need to be around that bunch.

  26. TBrown on August 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

    No its not a race issue!!! I am sick to death of race being in everything Black, white, brown or purple with polka dots all races matter. If these BLACK lives matter then clean up your race and teach them to be law abiding members in society and quit using our past history to get away with everything and justify being unproductive to get more from government. Slavery ended and let’s move on.
    Because even whites are shot, but in this case officer had restraint. Your lucky he did because time and again they are faced with split second decisions. Know the law on self defense and gun use and DON’T BY GOD DRINK AND DRAW A WEAPON ON ANYONE.
    BET YOU HE HAD NO PRIVILEGE TO EVEN HAVE ONE IN FIRST PLACE

  27. Anonymous on August 3, 2016 at 9:41 am

    WHAT IS IN THE GARAGE HES HIDING SOMETHING??????

  28. Concerned citizen on August 4, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    A gun is a gun, regardless the color of the hand holding it. Who really believes any officer has time to register the color, male, female, adult or child. A gun is a gun and pointing one at a police officer is deadly, in any situation.

  29. Anonymous on February 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

    His son looks just like him…. think he needs to lay off the drugs or whatever he’s taking. Is he in his late 20s or early 50s? I’m guessing the latter. Hope he gets locked up for a good while. Dumbass

  30. Anonymous on February 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Now to see what punishment is doled out for this conviction

  31. Anonymous on February 7, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    White privelege! 30 days and his life. Black injustice he would have been shot dead.

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Find me one case in the last 20 years where that has happened in this county. There have been less than a handful of police related shootings and most of them were determined to be suicide by cop and most of them were white. If you want scared and trigger happy cops you need to move into the inner city. All you have to do is walk the streets of Baltimore or Chicago after dark and you will see just why those cops are scared and a little trigger happy. But you would rather sit behind your computer screen posting fake facts that only the ignorant and uninformed would believe.

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Too bad facts do not back up your moronic statement.

  32. Opinionated Mama on February 8, 2017 at 3:52 am

    It seems like the race card gets played by both blacks and whites in almost every article posted on this site. When I get to the comment section I already know what coming. Why do we worry more about skin color then the crimes these people commit. We all agree pointing a gun at a police officer is an extremely stupid idea no matter what color you are. This man is lucky he wasn’t shot. Had it been another officer on this call there may have been a different outcome. Who knows what an officer thinks when a gun is pointed at them. I think although the man was pointing a gun the officer didn’t really see him as a threat because if he was going to shoot he most likely would have done so when he 1st started pointing it. I do not believe if he had been black the officer would have shot him either. I have read and saw videos of cop shootings and yes some were uncalled for and the officer was in the wrong and others were justified because of the actions of the victim. I read an article last week and saw the video posted with it and in this video you see a black homeless man who the oficers were trying to make him leave the area. The homeless man did not resist at all but yet one of the officers begins beating him with his night stick. He just kept beating him and didn’t stop until the other officer told him to stop. Guess what it was a black officer doing the beating and the white officer who stopped him. I didn’t see that make national headlines. There are bad cops both White and Black but it’s a small percentage. Same as it is with people in general some are good some are bad. It doesn’t matter what race they are. What matters is if they are a good person or not. So everyone playing the race card whether white or black are part of the problem. Racism still exists in so many people and until we can quit focusing on skin color and see people for the person they are. Bad, Good, or in between things will not get better. All lives matter no matter what color you are. Truth is if you stay out of trouble you won’t have to worry about police officers anyways.