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January 7, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Walla Walla man allegedly fires shotgun over wife’s head

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

A Walla Walla man is in jail on a $10,000 bond after firing a shotgun at a wall above his wife’s head Tuesday night, according to Walla Walla police.

Scott Duane Peters was arrested just before 11 p.m. on investigation of first-degree assault­­ — domestic violence, a felony.

Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Walla Walla Police Department, said Peters’ wife, Jessica Maylender, 38, called emergency dispatchers at 10:14 p.m. to report her husband had shot a shotgun in their house.

She and Peters had both been drinking, and they got into an argument, Bennett said. Peters came into the bedroom with the shotgun and Maylender turned her back to him, according to police documents filed in court this morning. Peters racked the shotgun in what Maylender said was an intimidating fashion, so she sat at the edge of the bed. Peters then fired a round above her head, Bennett said.

After the initial call from Maylender, Peters called dispatchers and said nothing was going on, the victim was just being “ornery” and denied he had a gun, according to Bennett. The court documents also say dispatchers could hear the couple yelling during the 911 calls.

When officers arrived on scene, Peters was still on the phone and told to leave the house without any weapons and meet the officers. Peters complied and was taken into custody without incident.

Inside the home officers examined a large, jagged hole in the bedroom wall that appeared to have been made by a shotgun blast, according to court documents. After arresting Peters, officers removed all known firearms and ammunition in the house.

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