Man fired shotgun twice during argument, deputies say

Published: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday morning after firing a shotgun into the air and threatening to shoot himself and his girlfriend in the head.

Deputies received a call from a woman on Thursday around who said that William Lee Rhodes, 40, had fired a shotgun in the air twice after telling her that he would kill himself and her. The outburst was triggered by an argument, she told deputies.

According to a report from the Alachua county deputies, the woman sat in the back right passenger seat of a vehicle with the window down. She refused to leave the vehicle. Rhodes stood next to rear right window. The front passenger door was open.

Rhodes threatened to kill her and then shoot himself. He loaded shotgun shells into the gun and fired into the air. Rhodes fell to his knees, held the gun against his own head and then fired into the air again, the report said.

The woman told deputies that Rhodes then held the barrel of the gun to the window, pointing it toward her. She dialed her phone for law enforcement and Rhodes left the area, going back into the house in the 7000 block of NE 67th Terrace.

The woman left the scene without injuries. Deputies discovered Rhodes on the living room couch in the house. The shotgun was located on the east side of the home.

Rhodes was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. He was being held in the Alachua County jail.

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