Note: This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. Aug. 18.
A Clinton man was charged with attempted first-degree murder and domestic assault after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck, tossed her out of a shower, and fired a handgun at her three times, court records said.
The armed disturbance was reported on Blockhouse Valley Road in Clinton on April 3. The defendant, Sidney Bruce Jarvis, 57, has a hearing scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Clinton.
The April incident was the second time in two months that Jarvis was accused of assaulting the woman and firing a gun, according to affidavits filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court.
After he was read his Miranda rights in April, Jarvis told Clinton Police Department Officer Austin Powell that he pulled the female victim out of the shower because she “would not stop running her mouth,” the affidavits said.
He said he fired his handgun to get her attention, the affidavits said.
When police responded to the Blockhouse Valley Road home in April, they found the victim outside the front door. She told Powell, the police officer, that Jarvis was going to kill her and then himself, and she feared for her life.
Powell and another officer called Jarvis outside using a public announcement system, and he came out unarmed and was detained, the affidavits said.
Jarvis was highly intoxicated, Powell said.
The woman said she had been in the shower, and Jarvis told her to get out several times and she did not, according to the affidavits. Jarvis then allegedly grabbed her by the neck and tossed her out of the shower, the records said. She said she fell and hit her hip and head on the bathroom sink, according to the affidavits.
Jarvis walked into the living room and told the woman he was getting his gun, the affidavits said. The woman told police she ran to the bedroom and ducked down on the side of a bed closest to a wall as Jarvis entered the room.
The woman said she immediately heard a gunshot over her head, the affidavits said. She said the round hit the wall directly behind her, just above her head.
The woman said Jarvis fired two more rounds, and one hit glass in the back door of the house, according to the affidavits. She said Jarvis then exited the home through the back door, and she was able to get out through the front door.
During the incident, the woman said, she was able to call Jarvis’ sister and tell her what was happening. The sister called 911.
The woman also told police that she called her father, who heard the gunshot over the phone, the affidavits said.
Bond for Jarvis has been set at $160,000. He was released from the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on bond on April 16. He has been ordered to stay away from the victim.
Jarvis had already been ordered to stay away from the victim and his sister after an earlier disturbance that also allegedly involved domestic assault and the firing of a gun. That incident was reported March 11 at the same home on Blockhouse Valley Road.
In that case, the victim said that Jarvis had fallen down in the shower, and when she went to check on him, he pushed her, according to court affidavits. The March affidavits were also filed by Powell, the CPD officer.
About five minutes after pushing her, the woman said after the March incident, Jarvis came out of the bathroom and pushed her into a cabinet, which cut her upper thigh. He then allegedly started to chase her around the house and hit her in the back of the head and on her back.
The victim called Jarvis’ sister and had her come get her. Both women said they were pulling out of the driveway when Jarvis fired a gun at the car, according to the affidavits.
Powell said he observed several marks and bruises on the victim that were consistent with her statement. The injuries were photographed, he said.
Jarvis was highly intoxicated, Powell said.
“He was unsteady on his feet, speech slurred, and eyes red and bloodshot,” the affidavits said. “Sidney stated that it was not a physical domestic, that it was verbal only. He also stated that he did not fire a handgun at (the two women) as they were leaving the residence.”
Powell said police found a .45 caliber handgun on the kitchen table with a loaded magazine inserted in it. There was also a loaded magazine in the holster lying next to the gun, Powell said. The handgun and magazines were collected and placed into evidence.
In that case, Jarvis was arrested and charged with domestic assault and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. Besides the attempted murder and domestic assault charges from April, the Monday hearing is also scheduled to include discussion of these two charges from March. Bond in that earlier case was set at $20,000.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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