Attempted murder charged
A Patrick Springs man was charged Tuesday with the attempted murder of his fiancee, according to Sheriff Dan Smith.
Smith said his office received a call at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday of a domestic disturbance in which a male subject was intoxicated and armed with a gun.
Deputy Matthew Rorrer arrived on the scene at a home in the Patrick Springs area and located the suspect, who was seated in a parked vehicle outside a residence.
Rorrer confronted the suspect, Eldon Sterling Marshall, 53, and took him into custody.
The sheriff said that Marshall allegedly pointed a pump shotgun at his fiancee and racked a shell into the chamber of the gun. Marshall then allegedly struck the woman's face with the barrel of the shotgun and told her that he was going to kill her, Smith said.
The gun malfunctioned and Marshall allegedly assaulted the woman, who was ultimately able to escape to a neighbor's residence.
Deputy Rorrer was the arresting officer and is the case's lead investigator.
Deputy Bryant Pruitt, Deputy Winfred Hill, Investigator Danny Martin and Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Vipperman assisted in the investigation.
Marshall is being held in the Patrick County Jail without bail.