Police: Butler man admits firing gun in house, striking girlfriend

10:07 am | July 2, 2013

A county officer said a Butler man told her he fired his handgun into the floor of his home and then pistol-whipped his girlfriend during an argument Saturday night.

In an affidavit filed by Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Michele Meade, the officer reports responding at 10:23 p.m. to a domestic disturbance at 643 Poga Road in Butler.

She said she met with 45-year-old Claude Harvey Banner, who told her he and his girlfriend were arguing at the residence after she accused him of “making passes” at her 20-year-old daughter.

Meade said Banner told her he fired his .45-caliber handgun into the floor of the home and then hit his girlfriend in the face with the weapon.

The deputy said Banner told her that he “thought about retrieving more guns from his safe and going back to the home and cleaning house,” but stated he then “changed his mind.”

The woman told Meade that Banner did fire the weapon inside the home, but denied that he struck her in the face.

Meade said she did not appear to have any redness, bruising or swelling on her face.
Banner was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence of alcohol, aggravated domestic assault and reckless endangerment.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Aug. 5.

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