Business owner faces charges in shooting incident

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A local business owner faces several charges after being accused of firing a gun at a woman during a domestic violence incident.

Robert Bealer, 60, of Jefferson Township, owner of Quality Custom Collision, was charged Monday in Western County Court with felonious assault, domestic violence and using weapons while intoxicated, court records state. The charges stem from a Jan. 31 incident in the 900 block of Jones Road that happened just after midnight.

Bealer is accused of punching the victim in the head and torso and chasing her out of the house and into an attached garage. He is then accused of shooting a 45 caliber pistol at her, County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper said.

“Bealer then shot at [the victim] impacting the garage floor and sending shrapnel into the victim’s legs,” Cooper said. “Bealer then stated he had to reload and went back into the house.”

The victim left in her car, Cooper said. Jefferson police Chief David Wassie said she showed up at Circle K on North Chestnut Street where she asked for help, and an ambulance came and transported her to an area hospital.

Bealer was arrested by deputies who noted signs of intoxication, Cooper said.

Bealer’s bond was set at $200,000 cash or surety on the felonious assault charge and $2,000 cash, surety or 10 percent on the two misdemeanor charges.

He is due back in court before Judge David Schroeder Monday for a preliminary hearing.

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