West Ashley man, 75, threatened to shoot wife with shotgun, Charleston police say

James Middleton, 75, of Bossis Drive is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

A 75-year-old West Ashley man held a shotgun to his wife’s chest and threatened to kill her during an argument Tuesday about their relationship, Charleston police alleged.

James Middleton, 75, of Bossis Drive is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, Charleston County jail records show.

Middleton’s wife called 911 Tuesday morning to report the alleged assault, an incident report stated.

The 74-year-old woman had approached Middleton to discuss issues in their marriage. An argument ensued and Middleton slapped the woman in the face, according to the report.

Middleton’s wife told police her husband threatened to shoot her. He then grabbed a shotgun, held it to her chest and neck and said, “I will kill you,” according to the report.

The woman called 911 and waited on her front porch until police arrived, the report stated.

Middleton was held Wednesday at the Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing.

Reach Christina Elmore at 843-937-5908.

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