A Maine woman was wearing a "Stop Domestic Violence" shirt while allegedly firing a gun during a fight with her husband.
On April 18, Emily Wilson of Sangerville, Maine, was arguing with her husband over an alleged affair, as noted by Bangor Daily News. During the fight, which occurred in the couple's bedroom, she reportedly waved a .45-caliber gun in the air before firing a shot into their bed, according to the prosecutor. She also allegedly grabbed her husband's wrist as they were fighting.
Wilson’s husband contacted the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office to report the argument, after which the state police were informed to investigate the situation.
The gun, which belonged to Wilson, was taken by authorities and is being used as evidence. A shell casing was located under the bed and has been seized, as well.
Wilson was arrested later that day and was released on $200 bail. She is facing charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.
If convicted of domestic violence assault, Wilson may be sentenced to a year behind bars and given a $2,000 fine. Regarding the domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon charge, she is facing up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Wilson works as a social studies teacher at Piscataquis Community High School. As of May 24, Superintendent Ann C. Kirkpatrick could not be reached to comment on the incident.
On the Bangor Daily News Facebook page, Wilson’s daughter, Alanna Whitney, defended her mother and explained the family’s perspective of the situation.
"She made a mistake by shooting into a mattress that day, and yes she understands that,” Whitney said. “However, her intention was never to harm my father or anyone in the family. She shot at the mattress after finding out sickening news about what went on in her own bed."
"Her intention was to destroy the bed, never to hurt anyone. My mother understands and regrets her decision, as does my father."
Whitney also explained that her mother’s “Stop Domestic Violence” shirt represented a family she cared about that was lost due to domestic violence.