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PARIS, TN: Convenience store fight leads to assault arrest

October 26, 2016 GMT

A Paris man accused of beating and choking another man Tuesday night inside a Mineral Wells Avenue convenience store was arrested for assault by a Paris Police officer.

Nathan Gene Whittier, 32, 105 Rison St., was arrested for aggravated assault at about 10:45 p.m. at the convenience store by Paris Patrolman Tyrail Jackson.

In his report, Jackson said the victim, a 23-year-old Paris man, had arrived at the store with his girlfriend, who is Whittier’s soon-to-be ex-wife.

A clerk told officers a fight between the two men had started in the parking lot, then appeared to have been calmed down after the victim walked into the store and away from Whittier.

Whittier then followed him into the store and began punching the other man. He then grabbed the man by the shirt and began to choke him. He then got the victim on the ground and began to hit him in the head with his knee before getting in his car and leaving the scene.

The victim had a tooth knocked out, a busted lip and hand marks around his throat. He later went to Henry County Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment.

Whittier was arrested after he returned to the convenience store as officers investigated.

Whittier’s bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

• A vandalism and burglary was reported Tuesday night by residents of a home on Henry-Midway Road.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Hall stated the owners had left the home at about 7 p.m. that night and had locked the back door with a dead-bolt lock.

When they returned, the back door had been kicked open and the home had been searched.

Missing items included a 42-inch flat screen television, valued at $400, and a used video game console and several games, $200 total.

The thief or thieves had also broken an antique curio cabinet, valued at $2,000, and damaged an electric heater, $500.

• A Henry County woman was treated for an accidental gunshot wound to her left arm Monday night at Henry County Medical Center after she took aim at a skunk harassing her dog.

In his report, Sheriff’s Cpl. Wayne Fuqua said the victim had been having trouble with skunks spraying her dog.

Monday night, after seeing a skunk in the yard, she retrieved a 9-millimeter pistol, setting the butt of the pistol against her porch railing and the barrel across her arm.

It was only after she pulled the trigger that she realized her arm was in the way of the gun’s muzzle. She sustained a wound to her outer left bicep, Fuqua said.