Hawkins woman accused of shooting at husband during argument about Trump

Jeff Bobo • Oct 10, 2019 at 8:15 PM

MOUNT CARMEL – A Mount Carmel woman who apparently is not a fan of President Trump was arrested on Tuesday night after allegedly firing a gunshot at her husband during a political argument mixed with alcohol.

The political argument between Lisa Gail O'Brien and her husband John O'Brien occurred around 8:30 p.m. at their residence.

During the argument O'Brien, 52, 306 Clifftop Court, reportedly told her husband John she was going to get a gun which caused her husband John O'Brien to run outside.

Mrs. O’Brien allegedly fired one shot into the wall near the front door after her husband fled from the residence, and he called 911.

Mount Carmel Police Department Lt. Ken Lunsford Sr. told the Times News that a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic pistol allegedly fired by Mrs. O’Brien had jammed.

Mrs. O'Brien then retrieved another handgun, a Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol, which she was holding when Lunsford Sr. entered the residence.

“She and her husband got into an argument over politics,” Lunsford Sr. told the Times News Thursday. “He liked Trump, and she hated him. She said she was going to go get a gun, and he ran out of the house. She fired a round, and that's why she was charged.”

Alcohol was a factor, Lunsford Sr. noted.

Lunsford Sr. added, “The husband said they were arguing over Trump. When I got there he was outside. I went into the house, and when I entered the house she was standing in the living room with a gun in her hand.”

Mrs. O'Brien complied with Lunsford Sr.'s command to drop the gun,, and he determined the gun she was holding hadn't been fired.

MCPD Officer Kenneth Light searched the residence and located the jammed Glock hidden under the bathroom sink.

Mrs. O'Brien was arraigned on Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while under the influence, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

Following her arraignment Mrs. O'Brien was released from jail on her own recognizance with her next court appearance set for Oct. 21.

An order of protection was served on Mrs. O'Brien in court on Wednesday.

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