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Published May 03, 2012, 12:23 PM

Wells County Man Accused of Shooting Gun, Chasing Wife Out of House With Sword

A Heimdal, N.D., man was charged with a firing a gun in front of two young children during a struggle with his wife.

By: Grand Forks Herald, Forum Communications

A Heimdal, N.D., man was charged with a firing a gun in front of two young children during a struggle with his wife.

Steve Deaton is also accused of chasing his wife out of her house with a sword, as well as cutting up items inside the house.

In total, Deaton was charged with six counts Wednesday in Wells County District Court, including four felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, Deaton and his wife got in an argument around 11:30 p.m. on April 29 at her home in Heimdal.

He started to choke her, and later pointed a gun at her in front of two children, ages three and six, documents said. When Deaton’s wife tried to take the gun away from him, it went off, shooting out a front window of the house.

The complaint said he chased her out of the house with a sword and proceeded to cut up property within the house.

At one point during the dispute, Deaton took his wife’s phone while she was trying to call 911 and threw it. He also took her keys and threw them.

According to the complaint, when authorities arrived on the scene, they found him yelling and crying in a patch of trees outside the house.

He allegedly came at officers with his hands in his pockets, refusing their orders to take them out. Harvey Police Chief Arlan Swanson had to use a Taser on Deaton, who had a switchblade in his front pocket.

Deaton is charged with four Class C felonies — aggravated assault, terrorizing, interference with an emergency phone call and preventing arrest.

Each charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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