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Gun fired during dispute

COVINGTON - A tragedy was narrowly averted when a women allegedly pulled a gun on her husband and fired a round into a door of the couple's home Saturday night, according to the Covington Police Department.

Dorothy Hailey, 40, of 6244 Collins St., was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, discharging a firearm in the city and public intoxication.

An incident report completed by Officer J.W. Blankenship states he was dispatched to the Hailey residence about 11:45 p.m. and saw a woman walking in the yard.

"I exited my patrol car (and) I observed the female on the phone and asked her if she called for the police. The female then looked up at me, crying and stated, "No, she didn't,'" the officer reported. "While speaking with the female, I could smell the odor of alcohol coming from her person."

Blankenship continued to question her and she told him that she and her husband had gotten into an argument and that her husband sprayed her in the face with a can of pepper spray.

"There was no evidence on her face from being sprayed," the report states.

Blankenship stated she then told him she went to her husband's truck and retrieved his gun. Hailey told him she re-entered the residence where she and her husband began struggling over the gun and "it just went off."

Blankenship next questioned the husband, who said that he and his wife had gotten into a verbal argument and she went into their bedroom and got a can of pepper spray.

"(The victim) then stated that his wife then came into the living room and just started spraying it in the air in the living room. (He) stated that he took the can of pepper spray from his wife and she ran out of the back door," the report states.

The husband then told Blankenship his wife went to his truck and got his gun and re-entered the house.

"(He) stated that she was just talking and acting crazy when she came back into the residence," the report states.

The husband told the officer he distracted his wife and grabbed the gun and attempted to pull it away from her, but in the process one round was fired into the back door.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.