Man charged after pointing shotgun at woman

VERO BEACH — A 34-year-old man was jailed after police said he racked a shotgun, pointed it at a woman and threatened to kill her during a confrontation last month.

Richard Grady Kirkland

The man, identified as Richard Grady Kirkland, told the woman, “I’m going to shoot you in the face. Lucky I don’t kill you,” reports show. The woman recorded part of the incident on her cell phone and sent the video to police.

Kirkland is set to go before a judge next month on the charges.

Vero Beach police arrested Kirkland, of the 2000 block of 39th Avenue, Vero Beach, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery touch or strike. Kirkland was released June 29 from the Indian River County Jail on $26,500 bond.

Vero Beach police officers responded to the incident about 7 a.m. June 28 at Kirkland’s home. Officers spoke with a woman who had scratches on her right arm, back neck and right thigh.

The woman said she became upset earlier after seeing a text from another woman on Kirkland’s cell phone, reports show. The woman was on the bed when she and Kirkland began to argue.

The woman said Kirkland held her down, choked her and told her to get out. Kirkland then grabbed a shotgun and pointed it at the woman, reports show.

The woman said Kirkland grabbed her hair and slammed her head on the floor. Kirkland then dragged the woman by her hair from the bedroom to the front door, reports show.

Police arrested Kirkland and booked him into the county jail.

Kirkland was ordered to not have contact with the woman, court records show. Kirkland has an arraignment at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 13.

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