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Cross Lanes man arrested after alleged domestic incident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Cross Lanes man asked his wife to meet him in a parking lot so he could tell their children he loved them but instead fired a gunshot, fled the scene and dumped the firearm near an elementary school, according to authorities.

Gary Arthur Lacy Jr., 35, of Bluebell Drive, was arrested Thursday morning about a mile from Point Harmony Elementary School, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Charlotte Lacy, Gary Lacy's mother, flagged down Kanawha Deputy J.T. Snyder just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday near the school and said her son and his wife, Sara, had been involved in a domestic incident in the Kroger parking lot on Big Tyler Road.

Snyder then began to search for Gary Lacy's vehicle. Meanwhile, Cpl. J.A. Ratliff was already speaking to Sara Lacy, who approached him near Andrew Jackson Middle School, which is directly across the street from Kroger.

Her two young children were in the car with her, Humphreys said.

She told Ratliff that Gary Lacy shot a gun in front of her and her children. The corporal relayed the information to Snyder, who then found and arrested Gary Lacy.

Sara Lacy showed Ratliff the parking lot where the incident occurred. He found one .380 pistol casing on the ground.

She had agreed to meet her husband, despite having filed a protective order against him Sunday evening. She said he told her he wanted to tell the children he loved them.

The two were arguing Sunday when Gary Lacy began destroying items in their home, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Sara said she feared for her safety and that at one point, he charged at her as if he was going to strike her.

A protective order was served on Gary Lacy about an hour and a half before the incident at Kroger.

Sara noticed a silver object hanging out of his jacket pocket when he got out of his vehicle to walk to hers. She said he pulled the weapon out of his pocket and that she fled with her children when he fired the shot.

It wasn't clear if he shot at his wife and children or in another direction.

Bridgett Shamblin was traveling behind Gary Lacy's vehicle when she saw him throw a pistol from his car while he passed through the school zone in front of Point Harmony, where children were arriving for school.

The pistol landed on the road near the white line, Humphreys said. Shamblin saw it on the ground and pulled over. She was about to call 911 when she saw Sgt. E.S. Drennan approaching and stopped him. Drennan was on his way to help with Gary Lacy's arrest.

Shamblin told Drennan what she saw, and he found the gun, a .380 semi automatic pistol, lying on the road. 

Lacy was charged with wanton endangerment for Thursday's incident and domestic assault for Sunday's incident.

He is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $27,000 bond.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.  


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