Alleged domestic disturbance ends in arrest


A reported disturbance Saturday night on St. Raphael Road resulted in the arrest of one man who allegedly fired a shot inside a house.

Willie Whitiker, 67, was allegedly involved in an argument with a woman and said he fired the shot but did not shoot at the woman.

Sheriff’s Investigator John Bean said in a probable cause affidavit that the woman called 911 to say that a man had “jumped on her,” and when deputies arrived, they found a hole consistent with a bullet hole in a wall.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the woman also told deputies that Whitiker had hit her in the lip during the altercation.

A .357-caliber handgun with one spent round in the chamber was recovered from Whitiker’s truck after deputies asked him where the weapon was, Bean said in the affidavit.

Pugh said when Whitiker was interviewed, he allegedly said he and the woman had argued and she had picked up an ashtray and told him not to touch her.

The alleged victim also said Whitiker had pushed her, causing her to fall, and he allegedly told her if she left the house, he would kill her.

Whitiker also denied hitting or pushing the woman, Bean said in the affidavit.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Whitiker after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault and misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery.

Whitiker was also told to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.