This past week an Augusta man was shot by police when he was found with a knife to the throat of his estranged wife.
Forty one year old Terry Ramsey was killed at the scene by two Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies. The officers were sent to the home at Metcalf Street after the 14 year old son of the couple called police stating that his father was trying to kill his mother.
When the officers arrived they heard screaming, kicked in the door, and found Ramsey holding a knife to his wife’s throat. The officers immediately opened fire, protocol when someone’s life is in immediate danger.
It isn’t clear what caused the fight aside from the fact that the couple may have had a tumultuous relationship. According to NBC Augusta, two children were in the home at the time, the 14 year old who called 911 and an 8 year old daughter.
Domestic violence rarely goes to this extreme although the potential is there. Typically when the police arrive, the fight is over and they are tasked with determining what happened and who, if anyone, should be arrested.
If you have ever been charged with domestic assault, you should know that the police aren’t always correct in their assumptions of what happened. Family disputes can get ugly fast and often aren’t as cut and dry as they might seem to law enforcement.
As a defense attorney I know that domestic assault cases are some of the most difficult to go through. Whether the accusations against you are valid or not, the charges can build rifts in families and forever change relationships.
Family violence laws can be confusing and troublesome to someone who isn’t familiar with the legal system. When your freedom is on the line, you want to ensure you have a hard working advocate on your side, doing what is necessary to help your case.
If you are facing charges of domestic assault or child abuse, you need the help of an experienced Georgia criminal defense lawyer. Call us today so we can talk about the charges against you and how they may affect your future.