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Police: Man Attacks Woman, Fires Weapon, Rams Police Car

by Jodie Mozdzer and Eugene Driscoll | Aug 3, 2010 4:32 pm

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Posted to: Shelton, Police

Update:Police released information Tuesday afternoon saying Rafael Garcia may have fired at least one round from a weapon during this morning’s harrowing domestic incident.

Police also said that Garcia is a deputy U.S. Marshal, assigned to New Jersey.

The victim today is described as Garcia’s 44-year-old girlfriend. Her injuries are “non life-threatening.”

Garcia has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault and criminal attempt to commit assault on a police officer. Garcia is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The original post follows:

One person is in custody after a violent domestic dispute outside the Heather Ridge condos at about 11 a.m. today.

Police said they received several 911 calls reporting that a man was chasing a woman outside the condos.

People were “screaming for help,” according to the initial radio dispatch.

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Police said Rafael Garcia, 41, of New Jersey, struck the woman with his car, then rammed a police cruiser as he attempted to flee.

Click the video above for an interview with Capt. Michael Madden, who spoke with the Valley Indy minutes after police took Garcia into custody.

Garcia is also accused of displaying at least one firearm during his encounter with the woman.

Police seized two weapons from the scene.

The woman suffered a laceration to her leg. She was taken to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries are not known.

Police are trying to determine if a gun was fired during the incident.

Charges against Garcia are pending.

This story will be updated when police release more information.

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