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April 12, 2013

Police: Man charged after pointing firearm at wife in Chick-fil-A parking lot

Alleged assault took place in front of 5-year-old child

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany man has been charged with multiple felonies, including domestic battery and intimidation with a deadly weapon, after allegedly pointing a firearm at his wife during a dispute in the Chick-fil-A parking lot along State Street. 

Brian K. McDonald, 25, of 330 Mary Drive, was arrested April 4 after New Albany police officers responded to the restaurant in reference to a domestic dispute. 911 dispatch reported to responding officers that McDonald had reportedly pointed a Glock 17 9mm firearm at his wife inside a vehicle in the lot. When officers arrived at the scene McDonald had fled, but they spoke with McDonald’s wife and her 5-year-old daughter.  

Officers reported the woman was visibly shaken and crying as she attempted to provide a statement of the incident.

“Before [the woman] began to speak, [the child] stated, ‘My daddy pulled his gun on my mommy,’” according to the police report.

According to police reports, the couple agreed to meet at Chick-fil-A so McDonald could retrieve two firearms from his wife.

After the woman had given McDonald the firearms, the woman told police she got into the vehicle with the child and began to leave. McDonald then unlocked the passenger door of her vehicle with a key and sat in the passenger side of the vehicle, according to the report.

“When Mr. McDonald entered the vehicle, he asked [his wife] if he could see her phone and began looking at her call logs and text messages,” police reported.

He then began accusing her of cheating with her boss, the woman told officers.

Police reported that McDonald removed the Glock from his waistband, charged the weapon by pulling the slide backward and pointed it at his wife’s chest.

He reportedly then told her, “If you try to leave me, you wont’ be alive ... if I see you with another man, you’ll both be slumped down in the front seat.”

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