A Washington C.H. man accused of striking his wife in the face with a shotgun was arrested Saturday on several charges.
On Saturday just after 1 a.m., Washington C.H. Police Department officers responded to a home on East Elm Street on a domestic violence complaint. The victim informed officers that she had driven to Taco Bell to get food and when she returned home, her husband, Deon L. McDuffey, walked up to her car and accused her of talking to another man, reports said.
McDuffey, 23, then allegedly pointed a 12-gauge shotgun at the victim, who had rolled down her window, according to police. He then reportedly struck the woman in the face with the barrel of the gun. Police said the woman sustained visible injuries to her right cheek.
The victim told police that she then rolled up the window and McDuffey used the butt of the gun to strike the passenger side window in an attempt to break it. At that point, the victim sped away in her vehicle and contacted police.
“While speaking with the defendant, he had a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and person,” an officer wrote in his report.
While McDuffey was being arrested for domestic violence, the officer discovered a loaded handgun in his back pocket, reports said. McDuffey was also charged with having a weapon while intoxicated and aggravated menacing. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail.
Following the arrest, the victim gave consent for officers to enter the residence and remove firearms that were still in the home. She reportedly said that she was in fear of the defendant still having access to the guns after being released from jail. She also advised that McDuffey had left a loaded handgun inside her vehicle.
All firearms that the victim knew belonged to McDuffey were seized by police, reports said. The guns were assigned a property number and secured in evidence. They will be held pending a court release.
Photos were taken of the victim’s injuries and she provided a written statement. She also completed paperwork to file a temporary protection order against McDuffey, reports said.
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