A Duncan woman has been released from jail after receiving charges related to a domestic assault and battery incident with a dangerous weapon.
According to police reports, Elizabeth Whitney McGowan, who also goes by Elizabeth Whitney Salisbury, allegedly pointed a 9 mm Ruger handgun at something “with force and violence, without justifiable or excusable cause and with the unlawful intent to do … corporal hurt and bodily injury.”
The crime, according to court documents, is punishable by up to one year in the county jail or by up to 10 years in prison.
According to police reports from the Stephens County Sheriffs Office, dispatch notified deputies of a man waiting at the church in Central to report a domestic disturbance. Upon contacting the victim, law enforcement learned McGowan had previously said she was going to shoot herself and put the Ruger handgun to her own head. The victim later stated she changed her mind.
When the victim began to leave the home, it was noticed McGowan had pointed the gun at the victim.
When deputies arrived to the home of McGowan, they observed her move toward a bookshelf which they were previously notified contained a Smith and Wesson M&P 9 on it. McGowan moved out of sight, but when she returned police noticed she had a gun in her hand, and then she turned and faced the window toward the patrol unit.
Deputies took defensive positions around the patrol units, according to reports, and used the PA speaker to talk to McGowan, who after nine minutes of walking around the home to various rooms, would exit the front door with a can of soda in her hand.
Police detained her at that time, cleared the residence for other individuals and then located numerous firearms in the home including the Ruger 9 mm and the M&P 9mm. All firearms were chamber loaded, according to the report.
McGowan denied ever having any firearm in her possession, reports state, and also denied hearing the PA speaker until she exited the residence.
The victim also showed messages to police from McGowan that read “Also car in the driveway is about to get shot” and “Awww called the cops did we” reports state.
McGowan was released on a $25,000 bond. She will return to court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Feb. 20.