A Key Largo man was arrested early today after he discharged a firearm while in a domestic dispute with his wife.
Deputies responded to Bowen Drive at 1:40 a.m. after the victim called the Sheriff’s Office. She said she and her husband were arguing and he had “fired a gun at her.” As Deputy Paul Rocha was arriving at the scene, the suspect, 52 year old Derrick Pinto, was getting into a red Ford Mustang and driving away.
Pinto was stopped in the vehicle a short distance away. He appeared to be impaired so field sobriety exercises were administered. He was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The victim told Sgt. Scott Ward her husband had been drinking all day and took some pills he “bought from someone” . She said they argued over the drugs and he grabbed a .22 caliber Ruger rifle, pointed it at her head with his finger on the trigger and told her he would “solve this”. She said he then fired the gun, hitting the wall in their bedroom.
Pinto was additionally charged with aggravated battery and he was taken to jail.