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Man reportedly opens fire at wife

A man reportedly opened fire on his wife and began ramming her vehicle as she tried to speed away from him and drive to safety Monday night.

Michael Stickland, 54, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and driving under the influence.

He was arrested Monday night after spinning out his wife’s vehicle with her 3-year-old grandchild inside and then crashing his own vehicle in a yard. An AR-15 was located outside the driver-side door of Strickland’s crashed vehicle by Warren County Sheriff’s Department deputy James Harper. 

Deputies responded to a 911 call on Royal Drive at 8:20 p.m. Monday to answer a call of gunshots fired in the area. Royal Drive is located off Spencer Road, which is Highway 30.

The caller advised 911 that two subjects were arguing at a residence and that one of the subjects began shooting and making threats.  A neighbor tried to intervene, according to the Sheriff’s Department, but Strickland reportedly pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot her. 

Strickland and his wife then got in separate vehicles and Strickland started chasing her through the neighborhood. The victim also had her 3-year-old grandchild in the vehicle.

The victim travelled onto Highway 30 and called 911. She stated her husband was drunk and was shooting at her. She also stated he was ramming her car in the rear end as they were travelling on Highway 30.

As deputies were approaching, Strickland struck the rear end of the victim and spun her out and her vehicle came to rest near Shellsford Road. Strickland then ran off an embankment and crashed into a yard. Deputies were able to immediately detain Strickland after his crash.

After locating the AR-15 next to his vehicle, deputy Peyton Norris responded to the original scene and located a revolver lying in the roadway near the residence on Royal Drive. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the crash scene.