Deputies leave Appling home where shots were fired



Columbia County authorities have left the scene of a reported domestic dispute in Appling during which shots were fired, with plans to further investigate the incident.

Shortly after 5 p.m., deputies pulled up to the home in the 3000 block of Ray Owens Road following a possible scuffle between a man and his wife, sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker said.

After the dispute, the man grabbed his rifle and stormed into the woods, leaving the woman inside the home, he said.

Authorities were not immediately able to provide the couple’s names or ages.

Shots were reportedly fired in the woods near the house, but officers don’t know who fired them or why.

According to family, the man was known to go hunting after an argument with his wife, Whitaker said.

There is no history of violence between the couple, he added.

The sheriff’s office special response team was called in as a precaution.

Deputies left before finding the man after determining he was not a danger to himself or others, Whitaker said.

Charges could be filed against the man after an investigation.

Deputies took the woman from the home in an armored vehicle to North Columbia Elementary School to be checked by paramedics, Whitaker said.



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