Man arrested for allegedly punching, putting gun to woman’s head

Photo: Christopher Wayne Smith

A Marion County man has been arrested after he allegedly punched a woman and put a gun to her head. Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Wayne Smith of Bull Shoals is charged with one felony and four misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident.

According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, a Marion County deputy and two officers from the Flippin Police Department responded to a call of a domestic dispute by a neighbor along Allendale Drive in Bull Shoals. As officers arrived, they saw the female victim running out the front door of the residence with Smith chasing her and three young children crying.

The victim told officers she and Smith had argued, and he punched her in the face. She went to a bedroom but Smith followed, retrieved a gun from under the bed and held it to her head and then slapped her. She said the kids started screaming “they’re here” when law enforcement arrived, and that’s when she ran out of the house as Smith told her he loved her and begged her not to leave.

The children, ages 4 to 6, told officers their “daddy smacked” the victim, held a gun to her head and hit her with it.

Smith is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault on a family or household member, a misdemeanor count of domestic battery third degree and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. His bond is set at $25,000.

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