Tracy L. Johnson

A Franklin County man accused of firing a gun during an argument with his wife is facing twin felony charges in the case.

Tracy L. Johnson, 58, Gerald, was charged Monday with one count each of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. A Franklin County judge set bond at $50,000.

The charges stem from an incident Sunday night, June 1, at a home in the 8000 block of Red Oak Road south of Gerald.

Deputies were called to the scene shortly after 9:30 p.m. to a report of a possible suicide.

When they arrived they spoke with Johnson’s wife who said the two had an argument that became physical. At one point, Johnson got a .22-caliber handgun and fired a shot in her direction but did not hit, the woman told deputies.

The suspect then allegedly fired a second shot toward her legs, but again she was not hit.

When Johnson threatened to shoot her and himself, the woman said she ran to a neighbors home to call the sheriff’s office. As she was running, she said she heard another shot and feared her husband may have shot himself.

Johnson was gone when deputies went to his home. They then broadcasted a description of the suspect and his vehicle which later was found about 10:30 p.m. at a motel in Sullivan.

The suspect surrendered when contacted by deputies and Sullivan police officers, according to the sheriff’s office.

During an interview, Johnson acknowledged that he and his wife had argued but denied any weapons were involved. He said he fired a weapon during the day but it was at a mole in the yard.

Deputies recovered a .22-caliber handgun from the man’s residence.