Firearm Incident

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BPD cites man for discharging firearm

By Billy Davis

Batesville police were unsure Sunday if a man had fired a nine-millimeter pistol at his girlfriend during a dispute.

The incident, which led to one arrest, was listed among weekend reports filed by the police department.

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Adam Lee Goodwin, 213 North Street, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, according to the report from Lt. John Miller.

Goodwin was also driving a black GMC truck with a suspended license and issued a citation for that, too.

Miller wrote in his report that BPD officers, after fielding a domestic disturbance call, had responded to the Johnson Street area. Goodwin’s girlfriend was on foot near Johnson Street when officers heard “three distinct shots” from nearby Lomax Street.

The girlfriend’s name was redacted in the report.

Goodwin denied firing the shots but Miller wrote that Goodwin’s truck turned onto Johnson Street from Lomax at the “exact time” that the shots were heard.

The police lieutenant also saw the Ruger pistol, lying on the floorboard, with a “stove pipe” malfunction, which is caused when a shell fails to eject.

Miller wrote that the girlfriend was walking back to Johnson Street, “but it cannot be determined if her presence was a factor in the weapon being fired,” Miller wrote.

Discharging a firearm during a domestic violence act can lead to a charge of aggravated domestic violence, which carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.