Whitehall: Woman shoots husband's ear in apparent mishap

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Whitehall police arrested a 62-year-old Columbus woman for negligent assault and using weapons while intoxicated, both misdemeanors, after she apparently shot a man by accident inside a residence on the 1000 block of Westphal Avenue.

At 10:30 p.m. July 14, security officers at Mount Carmel East Hospital called police to report the woman had brought her husband to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the ear.

Whitehall reports said Columbus police already had taped off the woman's vehicle at the entrance to the emergency room. The woman told Whitehall police she accidentally had shot her husband.

She told police she found the gun in the center console of a couch. While pointing the gun at the floor, she carried it to an upstairs bedroom, where it accidentally discharged and struck the man, reports said.

The woman, whom police said had the scent of alcohol on her breath, told officers she had consumed two shots and a glass of vodka.

The man told police he was outside the residence when he was "hit," but became increasingly uncooperative as police questioned him, report said.

Police found a handgun at the residence, as well as a plastic baggie of .38-caliber cartridges and an empty bottle of vodka, reports said.

In other recent Whitehall police reports:

* Officers arrested a 23-year-old Columbus man for two counts of aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a gun in a motor vehicle and multiple traffic violations at 6 p.m. July 10 at South Hamilton Road and Josephus Lane.

Police responded to a report of a three-vehicle crash in which one of the people involved was said to be pointing a firearm toward people in the other vehicles.

Witnesses said a driver exited the lot of a business on the east side of South Hamilton Road and entered traffic, where the accident occurred just south of East Main Street.

Another witness told police the man driving that car was struck broadside by vehicles traveling north on South Hamilton Road.

The man then reportedly brandished a gun and threatened to kill the other drivers involved in the crash.

* Police arrested a 21-year-old Whitehall man for felonious assault at 11:45 p.m. July 10 at South Yearling Road and Wright Avenue.

Officers arrested the man after witnesses identified him, according to reports.

Police said shell casings and a 9mm handgun were recovered at the scene.

* Police arrested a 14-year-old Columbus boy for receiving stolen property, failure to comply with the signal of a police officer and driving without a license after he reportedly was found in possession of a stolen vehicle at 2:05 a.m. July 12 at East Main Street and McNaughten Road in Columbus.