A man faces assault charges alleging he fired shots at a woman who was trying to leave him, as well as two adults with three children who had come to pick her up.
Police arrested Christopher Glen Gary, 42, on Sunday after learning of shots fired in the 600 block of East North Street, Police Chief Tim Hendricks said.
“It started with an argument in a domestic dispute with a woman he’s involved in a relationship with,” he said. “He didn’t want her leaving him.”
A couple with children had come to pick her up, and Gary began firing shots with what police believe was a rifle, Hendricks said.
The shots were fired at the car as the woman was trying to get inside it about 9:30 a.m., he said.
At least two shots struck the car. A third bullet hole in the vehicle may have been caused by a ricochet, Hendricks said.
“It’s a wonder nobody got hurt or killed,” he said.
Police at first believed there were only two children in the car. They learned a 5-month-old child also was in the vehicle when the couple went to the police department to answer questions, Assistant Police Chief Mechelle Carbine said.
“All the children were under the age of five,” she said.
Police arrested Gary on four counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated domestic assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
He was booked at the Harrison County jail, where his felony bonds total $250,000. The misdemeanor bonds total $1,500.
Carbine said additional charges are pending including a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and a probation warrant on a felony drug conviction.
Gary also has a burglary conviction from an arrest in 2009, the jail dockets show.
Carbine said anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Investigator Mike Burkett at 228-452-3301 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-787-5898.