A Minnesota man reportedly tried to shoot his wife while she was breastfeeding their infant because he was jealous of the amount of time she spent with the baby.
Nicholas George Lehmeier, 28, was charged with one felony count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for the July 2015 incident.
Lehmeier’s wife told police that her husband has subjected her to abuse, both physical and verbal, for over 10 years, according to a complaint filed Feb. 8 and obtained by WCCO.
According to the complaint, in July 2015, Lehmeier pointed a shotgun at his wife while she fed their 4-month-old baby. He then cocked the gun and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not go off. The incident arose because he was reportedly upset that she spent more time with the baby than she did with him.
After attempting to shoot his wife, Lehmeier allegedly went to another room to get a handgun and told her, “One bullet is all I need to end this," the complaint notes. However, instead of shooting his wife, he shot the gun out a window.
The victim told police that she was too afraid to report the years of abuse because her husband had threatened to kill her if she told anybody.
Lehmeier is also accused of raping his wife. He reportedly told her that she had to have sex with him because they were married.
Lehmeier faces up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of $14,000 if convicted.