Deputies leave Appling home where shots were fired

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Authorities responded Thursday to the threat of a gunman hiding in the woods near his Appling home following a fight with his wife.

Deputies responded to a home on the 3000 block of Ray Owens Road at about 5 p.m. Thursday. A 48-year-old woman told authorities that during a fight with her husband, he put her in a head lock then left with a rifle.

The woman said her husband is obsessed with deer hunting, so she took the key to his gun cabinet to prevent him from leaving for the woods. On Thursday, the woman said her husband asked for the key so he could go hunting.

When she refused, the woman said her husband got mad and retrieved a crow bar to pry open the cabinet. He threw his wife to the ground when she tried to stop him. When the woman tried to stop her husband again, she said he put her in a head lock.

The man eventually opened the cabinet, retrieved a rifle and left. She heard three or four gunshots and called the sheriff’s office. Her husband ran into the woods before deputies arrived.

According to family members, the man typically goes hunting after a fight with his wife.

The sheriff’s office Special Response Team were called as a precaution. Deputies took the woman, who had abrasions on her arms and neck, from the home in an armored vehicle to North Columbia Elementary School to be checked by paramedics, sheriff’s office Maj. Rick Whitaker said.

Though shots were fired from the area of the woods behind the home, which backs up to a hunting plantation, deputies were not able to determine who fired them or why.

Authorities left before locating the man after determining he was not a danger to himself or others, Whitaker said Thursday.

Charges might be filed pending an investigation, Whitaker said.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.


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