Gunplay during argument lands Hawkins man in jail

Jeff Bobo • Oct 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man was arrested late Tuesday evening after allegedly firing several gunshots during an argument with his girlfriend inside their residence.

About 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a domestic dispute at 142 Horseshoe Bend Road, Rogersville. While en route Cpl. Keith Long received information from Central Dispatch that a man was firing a gun inside the residence.

When he arrived, Denise Vining told Long that she’d been sitting on the deck arguing with her boyfriend, Winston Mack Richardson, 66, of that address, when Richardson pulled a pistol from his pocket and fired a shot into the floor near her feet.

“Vining states she got up and ran into her bedroom and locked the door,” Long stated in his report. “Mr. Richardson then fired a shot into the doorknob of the door leading into the room the victim was in. The victim states she then ran into the bathroom and called 911 from her cell phone.

“Vining then went back into the bedroom and got into bed, at which time Richardson fired another shot that came through the wall and into the bedroom.”

Vining told the deputy she later heard Richardson firing the gun in other places in the house.

Richardson turned over a .22-caliber pistol to Long. Long stated in his report that he’d observed several bullet holes in the interior walls of the residence.

Vining told the deputy she received a cut to her leg during the altercation with Richardson. Aside from felony reckless endangerment, Richardson was also charged with domestic violence.

He is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Nov. 5.

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