Weatherford Democrat

July 11, 2013

Man charged with drunken gun threat


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A 61-year-old Cresson-area man was arrested Saturday after, deputies say, he held a gun to his ex-wife’s head and threatened to kill her. 

Lonnie Gene Rister faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon - family violence. 

Deputies were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to the 200 block of South Mountain Ridge in reference to a person with a weapon call. 

A 60-year-old woman met deputies in the driveway and reported her ex-husband came out of the bedroom with a revolver in his hand as she stood in the kitchen.

The woman reportedly told deputies that Rister raised the gun to her head and yelled, “I’m going to put a bullet through your head.” 

In fear of her life, the woman said she ran into the front yard and called 911. 

Rister had been drinking alcoholic beverages for several days and could barely walk, the woman told deputies. 

Inside the home, deputies found a loaded .22-caliber handgun on the kitchen counter. 

The suspect, who could barely stand without assistance, had to be carried to a patrol vehicle due to his extreme level of intoxication, Deputy Justin Guynes wrote. After being told he was being arrested, the man reportedly began screaming that he was having a heart attack and was transported to the hospital in Fort Worth before being placed in custody of the Parker County Jail around 3 a.m. 

Deputies reported that Lister was a suspect in a March assault causing bodily injury case involving the victim. However, Rister does not appear to have been arrested or charged in that case. 

Lister was released later Sunday on $35,000 bond jail records indicate. 

The Democrat was unable to reach Lister for comment.