An armed confrontation between a woman and her daughter’s boyfriend ended in dual domestic violence charges Monday in Friendsville.
Blount County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Gregg Road home at 12:57 p.m. after Bethany Ann Miller Simerly told dispatchers that 21-year-old Edward Logan Kaiser had fired shots during an argument.
A deputy who saw Kaiser walking back toward the home with an unknown, large black object drew his gun and ordered Kaiser to lay on the ground.
Simerly told police she became angry and went home to confront Kaiser to take his gun after hearing that he had pointed a gun at her daughter and another woman the previous night.
When she asked her daughter for the weapon, she was reportedly told to leave the situation alone to avoid making it worse.
Simerly told police she retrieved a shotgun from a locked safe before confronting Kaiser and “racked” it to scare him.
After Kaiser reportedly displayed a firearm while busting out a window, Simerly told police she went upstairs for a loaded pistol and confronted him again before telling her mother to take the child of Kaiser and her daughter to safety at another person’s home.
When the older woman attempted to get into her car with the child, Simerly said Kaiser threatened them with the gun and fired it in another direction after Simerly said she told him not to point it at them.
Kaiser told deputies he was asleep when Simerly confronted him with her shotgun, but denied pointing a gun at anyone.
When she racked it, he said he retrieved a gun to protect himself before Simerly followed him outside while armed with a pistol.
Simerly’s daughter, who witnessed the confrontation, never mentioned Kaiser pointing a weapon at her on Sunday but verified she and her mother had tried to find Kaiser’s gun before her mother armed herself and confronted him.
She also told deputies Kaiser had fired his weapon toward a field.
Simerly’s mother told deputies she heard Kaiser discharge his gun but never saw him point it toward her.
Deputies recovered Simerly’s .410 Mossberg shotgun and a Ruger handgun, along with Kaiser’s Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun.
Simerly was charged with domestic violence with aggravated assault.
She was released Tuesday from the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing today in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Kaiser was charged with reckless endangerment with a weapon and two counts of domestic violence with aggravated assault.
He was being held on a $100,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing today.