CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 29-year-old man on Dec. 23 in connection to allegations that he used a loaded Marlin .30-30-caliber rifle to threaten another man he accused of disrespecting him.
Marcus Dewayne Peterson, 29, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, an unlawful possession of a firearm by a felony charge, and a state-jail felony endangering a child charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $35,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Wednesday, Crockett PD officers were dispatched out to a home in the 600 block of Wooley Street to check out a report of a disturbance with a gun.
When the CPD officers arrived at the scene, they found a shirtless man standing in the street and yelling at another man who was later identified as Peterson. The officers detained both men, put them in separate patrol units and questioned them about what had happened.
Further investigation revealed that the two men started arguing inside the house.
The victim told police that he had been invited over to the home by his sister to have breakfast, the press release stated. Although the victim turned down the invite, he came by later and was in and out of the house all day.
At about 2 p.m. on the day of the incident, the victim was standing at the door and tying his daughter's shoe when Peterson walked out of a room and told him, "Hey, man. You disrespected me. You have been talking about me," the press release stated.
At that point, the alleged victim replied, "What are you talking about?"
"Hold on. Stay right there," Peterson said, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Peterson walked back into the other room and came back with a rifle. He allegedly "charged the lever action" and pointed it at the victim. The victim told police that Peterson pressed the muzzle of the rifle into his upper chest and pushed him into the door, the affidavit stated.
While Peterson was pointing the gun at the victim, the victim's 4-year-old daughter was standing between the two men, the affidavit stated.
The victim shoved the gun away and started wrestling with Peterson, the affidavit stated. After the alleged victim managed to throw Peterson to the floor, he left the house to call 911.
Peterson allegedly came out of the house and tried to fight the victim again. The Crockett PD officers arrived on the scene a short time after that occurred.
Once the two men had been detained, the CPD officers spoke to the victim's wife and daughter. The little girl told police that she had seen Peterson point a rifle at her father's face, the affidavit stated.
After Peterson's girlfriend gave the Crockett PD officers permission to go into the house, she handed one of them a BB rifle that she said was the only gun in the house, the affidavit stated. However, when the CPD officer showed it to the victim and asked if it was the one used in the alleged assault, he said it wasn't, and the gun used had a scope.
Later, the victim's 4-year-old daughter told the police officers that there was another gun in the bathroom. When the Crockett PD officers went back in the house, they found a Marlin .30-30-caliber lever-action rifle.
Peterson was arrested at the scene and taken to the Houston County Jail. The alleged victim was also arrested, and he was charged with Class C misdemeanor assault.