Cops confiscate loaded guns from scene of domestic dispute
Police seized several guns, some of them loaded, from a Knapps Highway man after he was charged with assaulting his wife Thursday afternoon.
James Hinkle, 37, had four rifles, a shotgun and a handgun, along with assorted ammunition, all unsecured in a bedroom in the home, said police called to the home to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.
Officers were dispatched around 3 p.m. after a call from Hinkle's wife. She said she came home with their 2-year-old child and found Hinkle lying on the living room floor. Apparently, Hinkle had been drinking and an argument ensued that turned physical when he allegedly slammed a door on his wife's arm, police said.
When she went to use the home's phone to call 911, Hinkle unplugged it and threw it into the backyard. His wife and child left and went to a nearby family member's home, and contacted police.
According to the report, Hinkle also slammed a door on an officer's arm when police arrived at the house.
He was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, breach of peace, interfering with an emergency call and interfering with police. He was originally held on a $250,000 bond, but the bail commissioner lowered his bond to $75,000. He posted bond and was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport for an emergency evaluation.
Hinkle was scheduled to appear Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.