NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police have arrested a man after his wife fired a single gun shot in self defense at a hotel Wednesday night.
North Charleston police arrested William Michael Staton and charged him with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center. Staton has two prior criminal domestic violence charges in North Carolina and an order of protection against him
North Charleston police arrived at Studio Plus, an extended stay hotel, located at 7641 Northwoods Drive in response to a physical altercation in which a shot had been fired around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
When officers arrived both the suspect and the victim, his wife, were standing in the parking lot. The victim told police that she had fired a shot in self defense at her husband and that the pistol was on the driver's side floor board of the vehicle. Officers located the Jennings semi-automatic 22.caliber gun.
A witness who works at Studio Plus, told police that the victim called the front desk and advised her that she needed help in her room, 305. A few minutes later the witness said she heard a single shot.
Immediately after the shot was heard, the suspect called the front desk and advised the witness that his wife had just shot at him and that he wanted her to call the police. Police spoke with several other residents in Studio Plus who said they also heard a single gun shot.
When investigators entered the room 305 and observed that the room was in disarray, which showed signs of a struggle. A single spent 22 round was recovered on the floor approximately three feet from the door. A pillow was found on the floor with a bullet hole in the center of it approximately one foot from where the spent round was found.
The victim told police that she left the hotel room at around 7 p.m. to return a Walmart gift card. When she returned around 9:10 p.m., her husband was upset that she had taken too long to return the gift card.
The victim told police that Staton began to shove her and yell at her. The victim then told her husband she was going to leave after she used the restroom. When she went into the bathroom she found a soda can, which had been modified into a crack pipe. She confronted Staton about the drug use and he became enraged.
The victim took her daughter and tried to leave the room, but Staton grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back into the room. She told police she repeatedly tried to exit the room, but Staton kept grabbing her hair and pulling her back into the room. The victim then picked up the phone and called the front desk and pleaded with them to call the police.
She told police that Staton took the phone from her hand and threw it on the floor. She then ran for the door again, but was grabbed by the hair. Then she reached into her purse and pulled out her pistol and told Staton to let go of her. She told police that Staton refused to let go, so she fired a shot at his feet and then ran out the door with her daughter when he released her.
The state of the room showed that there was a struggle and the evidence and recovered soda can corroborated the victim's story.
The victim's daughter also validated her statements. The victim informed officers that she was in fear of her and her daughter's lives. Because the victim and suspect are legally married, Staton was placed under arrest for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.