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Woman shot in leg during argument

COVINGTON — A man who allegedly had been waving around a gun throughout the day Sunday was arrested that evening after he apparently shot a female friend in the leg.

Deputies were called to a home on Edge Drive in Oxford around 7:45 p.m. Sunday where witnesses said a man later identified as Timothy Tyler, 47, had been standing outside his ex-wife’s home, shooting off rounds from a revolver and yelling obscenities at neighbors.

Before deputies could arrive, Tyler had left in a black car driven by an unknown female. Tyler’s ex-wife also told deputies that Tyler had allegedly shown her daughter’s boyfriend a gun he had while they were at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia earlier in the day, said Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

Deputies then drove to Tyler’s home to arrest him, but just before arriving at the Duncan Road residence in Oxford, they saw a black vehicle similar to the one witnesses said Tyler was riding in, pull out of the driveway.

Deputies pulled over the vehicle and one of the deputies spoke with the female driver.

“The deputy observed the driver siting on a burgundy towel with right leg and hand on top, and her hand and leg were shaking,” Morrison said. “The deputy advised the driver to get out and when he opened door, the female lifted the towel to reveal a gunshot wound to her right thigh.”

The victim told deputies she and Tyler began arguing in the car while they were still parked in the driveway.

“She stated she began assaulting him in the face because he wouldn’t get out of the vehicle, and when he eventually did, he came around to her side of the car and that’s when he accidentally shot her in the leg,” Morrison said.

Tyler was arrested and charged with simple assault, criminal trespass, two counts of reckless conduct, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and discharge of a firearm while under the influence.