A local family long known by area law enforcement had another encounter early Wednesday morning when a man was shot outside his Johnson City apartment and later died.
A little more than 12 hours later, Johnson City police filed an arrest warrant for Marcus Petenathan Gergish, 34, 1206 Flora Ave., on a first-degree felony murder charge. Around 8 p.m, Chief Mark Sirois confirmed Gergish was in custody.
Gergish is charged with shooting to death Timothy Peregoy Sr., 47. Peregoy was pronounced dead at Johnson City Medical Center after officers found him on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound.
Officers were sent to Westgate Village Apartments around 12:11 a.m. in reference to the shooting, Johnson City police said in a news release. According to a court document filed Wednesday afternoon, Gergish went to the apartment at 1735 Nathaniel Drive, No. 55, to buy Suboxone strips from Peregoy’s wife.
Witnesses told police Gergish left after the drug transaction and then Peregoy, his wife and son also left a short time later. Witnesses also said they heard an altercation and saw Peregoy sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and Gergish pointing a handgun at him. Gergish apparently saw the witnesses, pointed the gun at them and then back at Peregoy.
They overheard Gergish tell Peregoy to “give it up, give it up,” before the witnesses heard two shots. Gergish and another person ran from the scene, police said. The second person had not been apprehended.
In 2010, Gergish was arrested in Johnson City on 17 counts of identity theft, 18 counts of theft under $500 and one count of forgery under $500.
Those charges stemmed from Gergish using a bank card and several personal checks stolen from a Piney Flats woman. The disposition of that case was unknown late Wednesday.
Peregoy recently had drug charges dismissed in Washington County Sessions Court. Wednesday was not the first time he had been shot. His nephew, Teddy Peregoy Jr. shot Timothy Peregoy Sr. on April 27, 2003, with an AK-47. The men had an argument and fight prior to the shooting at a home on Lakeridge Drive in Gray near where each of them lived at the time. Teddy Peregoy Jr. fired two shots, but his uncle was hit by only one in the upper torso in the altercation.
In an unrelated incident on Oct. 20, 2005, Teddy Peregoy Jr. was shot and killed by his father, Teddy Peregoy Sr., after they got into an argument about a car.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article listed the Nathaniel Drive address as that of the deceased. The Press is working to confirm his actual address.