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September 26, 2012

Man accused of aiming shotgun at daughter

NEW CASTLE — A Pulaski Township man has been arrested after allegedly pointing a loaded shotgun at his daughter during a domestic argument.

Pulaski Township police charged 45-year-old James Timothy Chaffee of 130 Redwood Circle with two counts each of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats and four counts of simple assault.

Police seized a 12-gauge shotgun, a .45-caliber pistol loaded with 10 rounds and one in the chamber, a Ruger pistol loaded with five rounds and one in the chamber and an unloaded single-shot shotgun.

Police said the incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The daughter told officers that when she returned home after staying at a friends’s house she and her father got into an argument and she went into her bedroom.

The father went into the room and the two argued again. He grabbed her by her clothes, threw and pushed her against a closet door and hit her in the nose, police said.

He went back to her room a short time later and she tried to keep him out by shutting the door, but he pushed his way in, the daughter told police, and the door hit her near her upper right eyebrow, causing cuts and swelling.

She told police her father then threw her on the bed, pushed her against a window, then threw her on the bed again. She said she screamed and he left the room.

She said she was standing in her bedroom when Chaffee came back with a loaded shotgun and pointed it at her.

A woman who was staying with the family told police that she stepped in front of the daughter to protect her, and she asked Chaffee to put down the gun.

She said he complied after a few seconds, then he approached his daughter again and told her that he could kill her by drowning her. The woman said she stepped between them again.

Chaffee was arraigned by District Judge Jerry Cartwright, who set his bond at $7,500. He remains in the Lawrence County jail, pending a preliminary hearing set for Thursday in Central Court.

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