Man charged in gun assault

Homer police last week charged a Homer man, Patrick Wheeler, 45, with third-degree assault, a felony, and two counts of fourth-degree assault, all domestic violence related. 

Police alleged that Wheeler got into an argument with a woman about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 and held a gun to her head. 

According to a criminal complaint by Officer Jacob Ruebelmann, Wheeler grabbed the woman by her hair, dragged her into the bathroom and put her head over the bath tub. He then held a .45-caliber pistol to the back of her head, but did not fire the gun. 

The woman was able to lock herself in the bathroom and call her mother in Wasilla, who then called police. Police responded and secured the home and determined Wheeler had driven away. 

Police said the woman had scratches and abrasions.

Wheeler was arraigned and arrested on Jan. 5 and a bail hearing was held on Jan. 8, with bail set at $2,500 and with a court approved third-party custodian.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.