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Windsor Man Points an AR-15 at His Wife

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Deputies last Sunday arrested a Windsor man who allegedly threatened his wife with an assault rifle.

According to reports, Michael Smith, 26, was charged Oct. 17 with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Smith’s house on Pearl Bonnett Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. The suspect’s mother-in-law reportedly called 911 after hearing gunfire and her grandkids crying during a phone conversation with her daughter, Smith’s wife.

Deputies said Smith immediately ordered them to take him to jail and when they finally arrested him, he ran down the road in handcuffs. His wife claimed the two of them had argued since noon, when Smith allegedly began taking pictures off the wall. At some point, he also threatened to kill her, and she recorded those threats, according to reports.

Afterward, Smith allegedly sent the children to their rooms so he could “take care of something.” He left briefly, too, and returned with a rifle similar to an AR-15, and pointed it at the victim. Deputies said she turned away from Smith and went to her bedroom, where she called her mother. Not long into the conversation, the victim said she heard gunfire and smelled powder.

According to reports, officers later found a fresh bullet hole in a bedroom closet. Smith didn’t say much when deputies asked for his side of the story, but he mentioned getting “arrested every time they come,” according to reports. “This isn’t right.”

Smith later admitted to accidentally firing the rifle, deputies said.

Greg Rickabaugh is the Jail Report Contributor for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected]  

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1 COMMENT

  1. The Aiken County DA should “accidentally” convict him of attempted murder, possession of a weapon while committing a crime, child endangerment, and gross stupidity. While he is incarcerated, confiscate his firearms. His wife needs a pro bono divorce attorney too.

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