Judge denies man’s request to return to girlfriend he shot at

Photo: Anthony Wayne Thurman

An argument between boyfriend and girlfriend turned violent on Dec. 1 when the man fired at the woman with a shotgun.

Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Wayne Thurman appeared during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him stemming from the incident.

He also asked Circuit Judge John Putman to lift the no contact order put in place after the incident to keep the couple apart. The judge denied the request.

Thurman is charged with first-degree domestic battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. During the investigation, it was determined Thurman had a felony conviction on his record from Missouri.

According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, the developments leading to Thurman’s arrest began when the 34-year-old victim herself reported the incident to 911.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to an address along Somerview Lane in Clarksville. The man and woman are reported to share the residence.

When the first deputy arrived, he reported finding Thurman face down on the ground.

He was taken into custody without incident.

The victim appeared to have injuries consistent with a shotgun blast, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim told law officers she and Thurman had been arguing, and when she went outside the residence, Thurman shot at her.

She said Thurman then took the weapon back into the house and placed it in a gun safe. After a search warrant was obtained, investigators found a number of weapons, including a 12-guage-pump shotgun, and ammunition.

The victim was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center and treated for wounds “consist(ent) with a shotgun blast” and released.

After a search warrant was obtained, investigators located the gun safe. Several weapons were found inside, as well as ammunition.

Thurman was booked into the county jail on charges of first-degree domestic battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is free on a $75,000 bond.

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