News and Tribune

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

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

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.”

As the woman pulled the key out of the ignition, McDonald reportedly punched her hand causing severe bruising and redness on the middle finger and appeared to have pulled the fingernail away from the skin.

All the incidents took place in front of the 5-year-old child in the back seat of the vehicle, police reported.

The woman then exited the vehicle and asked a witness in a nearby vehicle to call 911.

That witness later told police he saw a firearm in McDonald’s hand while he was inside his wife’s vehicle.

When McDonald got out of the vehicle, he fled the area in a Chrysler 300.

Police attempted to located McDonald at his home, but he was not there.

The woman told police he may have gone to his cousin’s home in the 1300 block of East Elm Street in New Albany. Officers went to the home where they located McDonald, who was found to be in possession of the prescription pills Alprazolam, Diazepam and Suboxone.

Police searched McDonald’s vehicle and found a Glock handgun, a Rock Island Armory 1911 .45-caliber and a Kel Tec .380.

McDonald appeared in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 on Tueday, April 9, where he was charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon, a class C felony, and pointing a firearm, domestic battery, and possession of a controlled substance, all class D felonies.

A $2,000 court-cash bond was set during the hearing and with a subsequent bond payment of $205, he was released one day after his arrest.