Lakewood Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Kill His Wife Charged, Then Released

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LAKEWOOD – A Village of Lakewood man who police say shot himself after allegedly threatening to kill his wife last month is now facing charges.

Lakewood-Busti Police say 55-year-old Christopher Butts is charged with two counts of menacing a police officer, felony first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree menacing, second-degree harassment and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling.

Officers responded to West Fairmount Avenue near Spruce Street just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15 and allegedly found Butts in a driveway with a handgun.

Police tried talking to Butts before they say he fired a round into the ground, then turned the weapon on himself.

Through investigation police allege Butts told his wife he was going to kill her as he dragged her around the yard.

Prior to officer’s arrival, they said Butts allegedly brandished his weapon at bystanders who tried to intervene to help his wife.

After the shooting Butts was taken to UPMC Hamot Hospital for medical treatment.

When he was released from medical care police said Butts turned himself in and was charged. He was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to return to court at a later date.


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