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Athens man brandishes gun at family after consuming NyQuil

A malfunctioning microwave and an unwanted hamburger allegedly fueled a 30-year-old Athens man's anger after he consumed a large quantity of NyQuil. Thanks to his cautious niece, who called 911 after her uncle turned up at a residence angry and behaving erratically, however, a potential domestic violence situation may have been averted.

After Athens-Clarke police responded to the 17-year-old girl's report in the early morning hours of Feb. 22 that her uncle was waving a gun around, they noted the man sitting inside, and his wife came to the door and informed the officers that he had disappeared on the prior evening and reappeared around midnight behaving oddly. He had allegedly expressed frustration with a microwave oven and threw it outside, and he told the police himself that he was also upset at his wife for cooking him a hamburger he did not want.

Even though the man denied owning a gun, a search of the house turned up a loaded handgun. As a convicted felon, he was not legally permitted to own the revolver, so police charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in addition to the charges of simple assault and criminal trespass, per Georgia's Family Violence Act, stemming from his early-morning conduct. After police located an almost-empty bottle of NyQuil in a refrigerator, they brought him to the hospital for treatment before booking him into jail.

An individual with a volatile personality may already be dangerous, but the mix of mood-altering substances, a handgun and an outburst of anger could be potentially deadly. Laws such as the Family Violence Act are in place to protect domestic violence victims, but sometimes they may not be enough. An experienced family law attorney may help victims of domestic violence or family members who feel endangered by another draft a restraining order as an added measure of protection.

Source: Online Athens, "Athens man high on NyQuil threatens family with gun," Joe Johnson, Feb. 22, 2013

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