Robert Steven Connolly

Robert Steven Connolly

Authorities have formally filed charges pertaining to a Monday afternoon shooting that sent one to OU Trauma Center, leaving one Duncan man behind bars.

Robert Steven Connolly, 32, faces charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon after a former felony conviction, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer.

Assault and battery with a deadly weapon can carry a punishment of life imprisonment. Because of the nature of the crime, if Connolly is found guilty, he will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence handed down.

Around 3:15 p.m. Monday, May 27, dispatch received a call from Duncan Regional Hospital stating a woman was brought to the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to the face by a male who had left the hospital.

The victim first told police the shooting was an accident but was unsure what happened. Police then learned Connelly dropped off the victim, who suffered injuries to her face, neck and jaw from the gunshot wound, Lt. John Byers previously told The Banner.

Byers described the wound as “a single gunshot wound to her face kind of in the upper cheek,” he said. “It crushed her cheek, eye orbital, upper and lower jaw and then the bullet lodged down in her neck.”

Law enforcement was also advised that Connelly tried to see the victim but wasn’t permitted. Officers later located him in the 2000 block of west Main Street where he was arrested on unrelated charges.

Police interviewed him about the incident and stated he picked the victim up for lunch and when they arrived back to Connelly’s home, he went to the back bathroom and heard a gunshot. Connelly told police he found the victim with a gunshot wound to the face and she was bleeding, could not explain it and denied shooting her.

On May 29, law enforcement traveled to OU Trauma Center to speak with the victim, who told police she was at Connelly’s home and tried to hug him, but Connelly allegedly stated “don’t hug me or I will shoot you in the face.” The victim said she hugged Connelly and at that time, he allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and shot her in the face.

Officers surveyed a home in the 700 block of west Cedar where Connelly resided. They collected bloody cloths and some items from his truck and behind the house from Connelly allegedly cleaning blood out of his truck.

The victim remains in OU Trauma Center and is set to have facial reconstruction. 

Previous charges for Connolly stem back to Sutter County, California, all of which are felonies, including: child endanger, 2016; felony reckless evading, 2016; receiving stolen property, 2006; burglary and vandalism, 2006; and resisting executive officers, 2007.

Connelly will appear for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. July 10.

According to On Demand Court Records, a bond has not yet been set.