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January 5, 2014

Resident faces felony charges of assault with a dangerous weapon

DUNCAN — A $10,000 bond was set for a Duncan man charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in relation to an incident that occurred Dec. 30.

Bret E. McWilliams was arrested for allegedly introducing a gun into a physical altercation in a domestic disturbance. According to the affidavit, the situation might have been fueled by alcohol.

“I responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a  loaded 45 automatic pistol,” according to the affidavit written by officer Leland Parker. “While officers were responding to the call, the caller advised that Bret McWilliams had threatened to shoot her with a 45 pistol. She advised he was in the residence along with her, however she didn’t know where in the residence he was. While on the 911 call, (she) stated that she was unable to get out of the residence.”

According to the affidavit, the woman alleged she and McWilliams went out for dinner and beer before returning to the residence, where they began “talking about family problems McWilliams has had since Christmas party on Dec. 25. (The woman) advised that McWilliams started to become agitated. She stated McWilliams continued to drink beer and also drank a bottle of Crown.”

As the woman tried to calm McWilliams, the dog McWilliams picked up urinated on him, according to the affidavit.

“(The woman) stated that ‘this really upset him and made things worse.’ McWilliams stated he was going to kill the dog,” according to the affidavit. The woman took the dog outside to use the restroom and was outside long enough to smoke a cigarette. When she reentered the residence, “McWilliams went and got a pistol. (She) stated that McWilliams was acting very crazy and told her to leave. She then state that McWilliams went and locked all the door to the residence.”

According to the affidavit, McWilliams went to a bedroom at the back of the residence, and the woman went in that direction after checking to see if all the doors were locked.

“She then stated that McWilliams came out of the bedroom with his gun. McWilliams then told (her) that he was going to shoot her and pointed the 45 pistol at her,” according to the affidavit.

The woman attempted to video record the incident with her cell phone, according to the affidavit, and the two individuals struggled for the phone. “The two then struggled down the hall and then ended up in another room where McWilliams threw (the woman) to the ground and stared hitting her. (The woman) stated that at some point in the struggle that she was knocked unconscious.”

When she regained consciousness, “McWilliams had stripped her clothes off her and was attempting to clean up blood with her clothes,” according to the affidavit. “She then stated that the next thing she remembered was that McWilliams had put her in the bathtub and was trying to clean her up. She stated at this time McWilliams was very apologetic, saying how sorry he was.”

The woman had several injuries to her head, neck, arms and back. After searching the residence, police officers found a black pistol on a table next to the front door. The gun was load and the safety was off.

McWilliams is set to have an attorney by 2 p.m. Feb. 7. His next court date is set for 9 a.m. March 5.

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