February 5, 2022

Jones Co. man arrested after allegedly pistol whipping girlfriend, shooting her phone

Therese Apel

Jones County Sheriff’s Department deputies and investigators responded to a shooting call on Thursday  afternoon at a residence on Albert McCullum Road near Moselle.

A domestic disturbance between a man, identified as Gonzolo Garcia, age 32, and his girlfriend escalated dramatically when he allegedly hit her in the head with a pistol and threw her to the ground. Her cell phone fell right beside her head and Garcia fired a round from the handgun he was holding into the cell phone.

“Domestic violence incidents are one of the most dangerous calls that we encounter, said Sheriff Joe Berlin. “We had multiple units respond to this shooting and quickly took the suspect into custody.”

Garcia was taken into custody by arriving JCSD deputies. He is currently incarcerated at the Jones County Adult Detention Facility facing a charge of Aggravated Assault. His girlfriend was evaluated medically at the scene and is safe.

“The victim in this incident is being offered assistance by our Victims’ Advocate Deputy Priscilla Pitts who works with domestic violence victims,” Berlin said.

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